He joined the Daily Mail in 1902. He was editor of Weekly Dispatch and helped develop the Daily Mirror into a popular newspaper. In 1913, he initiated "Mr Gossip" for the Daily Sketch. He also started "Mr London" for the Daily Graphic. He was editor of The People, and in 1926, became drama critic of the Daily Express. He joined the Daily Herald in 1931.
In the 1930s Swaffer led a spiritualist home circle, following the teachings of the native-American spirit "Silver Birch", which were published by A. W. Austen in 1938. He was an editor for the Psychic News.
Hannen Swaffer was a socialist, but resigned from the Labour Party in 1957. He also became a spiritualist. He is said to have written almost a million words each year. His publications included Northcliffe's Return (1925), Really Behind the Scenes (1929), Hannen Swaffer's Who's Who (1929), Adventures with Inspiration (1929), When Men Talk Truth (1934), My Greatest Story (1945) and What Would Nelson Do? (1946).
- A. W. Austen The Teachings of Silver Birch London: The Spiritualist Press, 1938
- "A matter of honours". British Journalism Review. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- Hannen Swaffer (1879–1962) portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Hannen Swaffer at the Internet Movie Database
- Portrait of Hannen Swaffer (1879–1962) by Laurence Bradshaw, FRBS
- Tom Driberg, Swaff: Life and Times of Hannen Swaffer. Macdonald, 1974. ISBN 0-356-04369-X.
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