Ruth Whippman

Author | Journalist | Filmmaker

"A whip-sharp British Bill Bryson"

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

Marian Keyes- NY Times bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners.

"wry and often hilarious.... a great- and important- read"

Brigid Schulte- Author of Overwhelmed, Work Love and Play When No One Has the Time

"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

America the Anxious /The Pursuit of Happiness

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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The Author

Ruth Whippman is an author, journalist and documentary film-maker from London, living in the USA.


Ruth’s humorous essays and comment pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine and The Pool amongst other places.  She is a regular contributor to and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

She is the author of America the Anxious, How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks (St Martin’s/ Macmillan, out 4th October 2016) UK title: The Pursuit of Happiness, Why Are We Driving Ourselves Crazy and How Can We Stop (Hutchinson, Penguin.)  The Sunday Times described Ruth as a “whip-sharp British Bill Bryson.” The book has been covered by New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner,,, Bustle, NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show, To the Point and Morning Edition amongst other places. It was one of Newsweek’s Nine Books to Change the Way You Think in 2016, one of Bustle’s best non-fiction books of October 2016 and one of the Sunday Times top summer reads.

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

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

Ruth regularly gives talks to institutions including colleges, book groups, community groups and conferences. If you would like to request Ruth to speak at your event, to your book group or anywhere else, please fill out the contact form on the website.



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Uncharted- Berkeley Festival of Ideas

One of the things I love about living in Berkeley is that the place has such a strong and vivid intellectual tradition, it's a small city, but punches way above its weight in terms of the interesting people you meet living here, and the ideas that get discussed at your average dinner party (or in my case, hurried preschool moms' meet up.)

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