When a great deal of publishing “for women” can seem like a sense-starved wilderness, Hadley Freeman provides a welcome note of sanity. Along with the likes of Caitlin Moran, she belongs to a new generation of witty, literate twenty-first century feminists. Yet she’s also one of a kind, bearing witness to her unusual Anglo-American upbringing with a distinctive take on life that blends self-deprecation and self-assurance.
Her writing shifts seamlessly between politics and pop culture, and her fashion column, “Ask Hadley”, is one of the Guardian’s most popular features. After the success of How to Wear Sunglasses, Hadley takes on an even greater challenge in the ambitiously-titled new book: Be Awesome. She describes it as “a guide to life directed at myself at 23”, with advice on topics such as “how to be an un-annoying vegetarian; how to talk about eating disorders without mentioning Kate Moss; how to cheer up your single friend without lying or patronising them. All the important stuff!”
Whether you’re a religious follower of Hadley’s various columns, or are just curious to find out what all the fuss is about, this will be an evening of laughter and a chance to hear Freeman’s refreshing views on body image, sex and dating. A must for anybody who aspires to awesome-ness.