Gaby Hinsliff

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Gabrielle Hinsliff (born 1971[1]) is an English journalist.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

One of the daughters of the actor Geoff Hinsliff, she attended Queens' College, Cambridge graduating with a first-class degree in English.[3]

After two years at the Grimsby Evening Telegraph from 1994 to 1996, Hinsliff joined the Daily Mail, where she was successively a news reporter and health reporter, before becoming a political reporter in 1997,[3] and finally chief political correspondent the following year. She joined The Observer in March 2000, initially in the same post, following Andy McSmith, who had joined The Daily Telegraph.[4] Hinsliff was the youngest political editor of a national newspaper when she was promoted in December 2004, this time succeeding Kamal Ahmed who had been her immediate superior at The Observer since her original appointment.[3][4][5]

Although Hinsliff loved the job, she resigned in late September 2009 "to get a life", to move "out of London to write, think, do some projects I never had time for" and "to spend more time with her husband and son".[1][5]

Career since 2012[edit]

Hinsliff's book Half a Wife (Chatto & Windus) was published in 2012. Eleanor Mills in The Sunday Times wrote that it is elevated "from the normal middle-class whinge" by "the rigorous analysis she brings to the wider forces that have shaped modern family life and how they might be re-sliced so that families can live differently". Hinsliff, Mills writes, "calls for a non-gender-aligned sharing out of domestic tasks".[6]

Hinsliff spent a period at The Times until July 2014, before becoming a columnist on The Guardian the following September.[7]

In July 2012, she began as editor-at-large of Grazia magazine contributing interviews and columns.[8] Hinsliff contributes to BBC and Sky programmes.

Personal life[edit]

Hinsliff is married to James Clark, former director of news and press secretary to Des Browne, Defence Secretary in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.[9]


  1. ^ a b Hinsliff, Gaby (1 November 2009). "'I had it all, but I didn't have a life'". The Observer. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Gaby Hinsliff – Biography". Curtis Browen. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Gaby Hinsliff". Specialist Speakers. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Garside, Juliette (17 March 2000). "Lusher Will Edit Guardian Guide". PR Week. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b Busfield, Steve (29 September 2009). "Observer political editor Gaby Hinsliff resigns after five years in post". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  6. ^ Mills, Eleanor (8 January 2012). "Half a Wife by Gaby Hinsliff". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 February 2017. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Gaby Hinsliff to join Guardian as writer and columnist". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Grazia recruits Gaby Hinsliff". PPA. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  9. ^ "In the Firing Line". The Herald. Glasgow. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2017.