Elizabeth Day Biography
Elizabeth Day is a British award-winning author, former journalist, professional writer, and podcaster. She is popular for hosting one of the biggest podcasts in the United Kingdom. On her podcast, Day has interviewed guests such as Andrew Scott, Lily Allen, Mabel, Kazuo Ishiguro, Malcolm Gladwell, and others. Prior to starting a podcast, she wrote for The Telegraph, New York Magazine, Vogue, Grazia, Elle, The Pool, and Vanity Fair.
Elizabeth Day Age and Husband
She was born on 10th November in 1978 to a surgeon father Tom Day and her mother Christine Day. Day has had her fair share of relationships. She had a relationship with Kamal Ahmed, a business journalist at BBC. They married in December 2011 but later divorced in February 2015. In an interview with Irish Times, Elizabeth confessed that the relationship break-up came by surprise. It broke her heart but taught her important life lessons. In fact, her podcast was born out of the breakup.
Despite the failure in relationships, Day remained hopeful, she found herself in another relationship with Justin Basini, the co-founder of ClearScore. The couple married on 10th December 2020.
Elizabeth has been unlucky in having children. Never in her life had she thought that she would be single and without children at the age of 44. She has had 3 miscarriages. She had her first in 2014 and the second happened by the end of that year. The third was the worst because it failed despite being medically induced.
Regardless of the failures, Elizabeth remains optimistic. She hopes to be a biological parent one day. In the years the podcast has been active, it has hosted more than 100 people with different and inspiring stories. This has made the podcast one of the most listened-to podcasts in the United Kingdom.
Elizabeth Day Education and Career
Elizabeth’s interest in academics began early in her life. Her passion made her an active student in school. She went to Methodist College in Belfast and later to Malvern St James Girls’ School. For college studies, Day went to Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Day’s passion for writing guided the decision she would make later in life and as an adult. She fell in love with writing at age 7. By the time, she was 12 years old she was a columnist for Derry Journal. After graduating, she worked as a writer for Evening Standard, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, and The Mail on Sunday. In her journalism career, she won Yong Journalist of the Year in 2004 at the British Press Awards.
Although she was in an admirable position, Day was unsatisfied because she was asked to interview people based on their achievements. She felt the interview did not give the full story of an individual. This led her to start her podcast called How to Fail with Elizabeth Day. In her interviews, Day takes a different approach. She asks deep questions, specifically about the challenges, pains, and failures her interviewers had experienced.
Talking to Irish, Day affirmed that her podcast is about countering the ideologies of curated perfection. She described her page as the antidote to Instagram, which has been affecting millions making them feel less worthy since the platform is full of people on yachts, other traveling to places and generally living a perfect life. Her podcast is about talking about the side of life that people ignore.
On her podcast we caught up with some interesting interviews we found inspiring. Day has had an interview with Spencer Matthew who revealed his past addiction to alcohol. The interview revealed a lot about people struggling with alcoholism. She also interviewed Yusra Mardini about the struggles of being a refugee, which opened up a discussion of how to survive as a refugee and how to deal with being attached to past life.
Elizabeth Day is on a trip to create a space where people can open up about their lives. She joins other people like Jamie Twokowski in helping people to open up about their mental health struggles.
Elizabeth Day’s Net Worth
Day is among the few women who have not allowed the circumstances surrounding her to define who she is. She has refused to define herself from the miscarriages and failed relationships she has had. Her personality alongside her success as an author has made her an influential person. Her Instagram has 180k followers. Earning from her books and promotions in her podcast have made her a wealthy woman. Her worth could be no less than $10 million.
Elizabeth has 7 books
- Scissors Paper Stone was published in 2012
- Home Fires (2012)
- Paradise City (2015)
- The Party (2017)
- Her first work of non-fiction was How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong
- Failosophy: A Handbook for When Things Go Wrong (2020)
- Magpie, which explores the issue of infertility