In pursuit of happiness
Ruth Whippman is a British journalist, author and documentary film-maker living in the United States. Her humorous essays and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine, The Independent and the Huffington Post amongst other places. Before becoming a full time writer she worked for 10 years at the BBC in London producing and directing documentaries and current affairs shows, including working on several BAFTA award winning series.
She is the author of America the Anxious, How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks (St Martin’s October 2016). The UK Sunday Times review of the book described Ruth as a “whip-sharp British Bill Bryson” and in a starred review, Kirkus described it as a “hilarious narrative full of barbed observations, personal anecdotes and comical stories — a delightfully witty and enjoyable read.”