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Hadley Freeman

Hadley Clare Freeman (born 15 May 1978)[1][2] is an American British journalist based in London.[3]

Hadley Freeman
Born Hadley Clare Freeman
(1978-05-15) 15 May 1978 (age 40)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence London, United Kingdom
Education Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies
Alma mater St Anne's College, Oxford
Known for Journalist, author


Early lifeEdit

Freeman was born in New York City into a Jewish family.[4][5] Her father worked in finance. The family moved to London when Freeman was eleven.[6]


After taking her A-level examinations while boarding at the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies,[2] she read English Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, and edited Cherwell.[7]


After a year in Paris, she worked on the fashion desk of The Guardian for eight years.[8]

Freeman is a columnist and writer for The Guardian newspaper who also contributes to the UK version of Vogue.[9]

Starting in 2000, Freeman has occasionally written about her experiences with anorexia. She was treated in a psychiatric unit during six different periods between ages 13 and 17.[10]

Her first book, The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable, was published in 2009.[11] Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies followed in 2013.[12] The Jewish Chronicle described it as "a detailed attack on how women are both portrayed and conditioned to act in public life".[13] In 2015, she released the book Life Moves Pretty Fast.[14]

In her books, Freeman discusses cinema, particularly from the 1980s, and she occasionally appears in the media to discuss films. She has said that her favourite film is the original Ghostbusters[15] and that she has collected books and articles connected to the film.[16]

Following an article for The Guardian in July 2013 criticising misogynistic behaviour, Freeman became the target of a bomb threat on Twitter.[17]


  1. ^ Freeman, Hadley (12 May 2018). "I can't wait to turn 40. After four decades of getting things wrong, I know some stuff". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Alumni Profiles". Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Freeman, Hadley (4 July 2012). "Cricket and other baffling British habits". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Groskop, Viv (19 May 2013). "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies, by Hadley Freeman – review". The Observer. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Hadley (6 November 2012). "Sick of US news? Don't worry: there are lots of other things to discuss". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  6. ^ Gil, Natalie; Forster, Katie (4 November 2012). "Interview: Hadley Freeman". The Tab. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  7. ^ Levy Gale, Sadie (10 August 2013). "Interview: Hadley Freeman — How to be Awesome". Cherwell. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  8. ^ Freeman, Hadley (10 May 2013). "I was banned from a slew of shows and never brushed my hair: Hadley Freeman's life as a fashion misfit". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "Hadley Freeman". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Freeman, Hadley (25 November 2017). "It wasn't feminist theory that cured my anorexia – it was having something to eat for". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  11. ^ Freeman, Hadley (5 February 2009). The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-670-01867-3. 
  12. ^ Freeman, Hadley (25 April 2013). Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0-007-48570-3. 
  13. ^ Lipman, Jennifer (30 May 2013). "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  14. ^ Ellen, Barbara (17 May 2015). "Life Moves Pretty Fast review – a funny, absorbing study of 80s Hollywood". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "My favourite film: Ghostbusters". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  16. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "Why I owe it all to 1980s movies". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Batty, David (1 August 2013). "Bomb threats made on Twitter to female journalists". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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