Do you ever feel like a failure?Enter widely-acclaimed observer of daily life Professor Joe Moran, not to tell you that everything will be ok in the end, but to reassure you that failure is an occupational hazard of being human. It is the small print in life's terms and conditions.
If You Should Failis about how modern life makes us feel like failures, frauds and imposters; how in a world of broadcasting success we need more narratives of failures; and how not every failure can be made into a success, but that's ok.
It is encouraging to read that Leonardo da Vinci and Virginia Woolf, for example, felt like failures. Woolf wrote that she wanted to look life in the face and to see it for what it was. The truth is cruel, but it can be loved.
Combining philosophy, psychology, history and literature, Moran's ultimately upbeat reflections on being human and his critique of how we live now offers comfort and hope. As Samuel Beckett advised, despair young and never look back . . .