Ruth Whippman

Author | Journalist | Filmmaker

"A whip-sharp British Bill Bryson"

"Ruth Whippman is my new favorite cultural critic -her book was such a joy to read"

Adam Grant, #1 NYT bestselling author of Originals and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

"I LOVED this book..... I've been quite evangelical about it"

Marian Keyes, NYT bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners

"Ruth Whippman is whip-smart. Her writing is nothing short of a genius."

Ira Israel, The Huffington Post

"I inhaled every page"


"A beautifully written, important book. I can't recommend it too highly."

Benjamin Radcliff, Psychology Today

"A hilarious narrative... delightfully witty"

Kirkus starred review

"Ruth Whippman has a wicked sense of humor that makes every single page a pure joy to read"

Heather Havrilesky, New York Magazine columnist and author of How to be a Person in the World

America the Anxious (US edition) /The Pursuit of Happiness (UK edition)

When British journalist Ruth Whippman moves to California, it seems to her that the American obsession with finding happiness is driving people crazy.

America the Anxious

In America the Anxious, Ruth Whippman embarks on an uproarious pilgrimage to explore the American happiness machine, tackling both the ridiculous and the sublime.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Fantastically fresh, funny and honest, this is an eye-opening look at what happiness really means.

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Ruth Whippman is an author, humorist and cultural critic from London, living in the USA

Ruth’s humorous essays and cultural criticism appear in The New York Times, Time magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post and The Pool amongst other places.

She is the author of America the Anxious, How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks (St Martin’s/ Macmillan, 2016) UK title: The Pursuit of Happiness, Why Are We Driving Ourselves Crazy and How Can We Stop (Hutchinson, Penguin.)  The book was a New York Post Best Book of 2016, A New York Times Editor’s Choice, a New York Times Paperback Row pick, one of Newsweek’s Nine Books to Change the Way You Think in 2016, a Sunday Times top summer read and a Daily Mail Must Read.  The Sunday Times described Ruth as a “whip-sharp British Bill Bryson.”

Ruth is a regular contributor to radio shows, television and podcasts, having made appearances on shows including NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show, To the Point, CBS news and Morning Edition amongst many others. She  is also a regular speaker (watch her TEDx talk here ) and has given talks at Google (part of the Authors at Google series) Princeton University and UC Berkeley as well as many other venues.  She is also the co-host of the Feminist Detective segment on the radio show and podcast, Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller, broadcast weekly on KALW 91.7 as well as over 20 public radio stations across the USA and released as a bi-weekly podcast.

Before becoming a full time writer, Ruth was a producer and director at the BBC in London making documentaries and current affairs shows for BBC television including working on several BAFTA winning series.

She lives in California with her husband and three young sons.

Ruth regularly gives talks to a range of audiences including conferences, corporations, colleges, book groups and community groups. If you would like to request Ruth to speak at your event, to your book group or anywhere else, or for interview requests, please fill out the contact form on the website or contact Washington Speakers Bureau at  [email protected].

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