Jennifer Nadel

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Jennifer Nadel is a writer and award winning journalist based in London.

Nadel qualified as a barrister and was called to The Bar (Middle Temple) in 1996 before turning to journalism. After a year at the American network ABC News' London bureau she moved to the BBC where she reported for national television and radio. Nadel was a lobby correspondent for the BBC's Parliamentary Unit.

In 1991 Nadel moved to ITV, working first for Channel Four News before becoming ITN's Home Affairs Correspondent in 1991. In this post her special investigations contributed to a number of miscarriages of justice being re-opened and exposed the use of rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia. In 1994 she became ITN's Home Affairs editor heading a bureau of specialist reporters and producers, a post she held until 1999.

In 1997, Nadel's interview with Lord Woolf at the third Woman Lawyer conference led to him conceding consideration of fast track measures for women to address gender imbalances at the bar.[1]

Alongside her journalism career, Nadel has published both novels and non-fiction. Nadel's acclaimed non-fiction book about the Sara Thornton case, Sara Thornton: The Story of a Woman Who Killed, was published in 1993.[2] The book highlighted the ways in which the legal system discriminates against victims of domestic violence and was subsequently adapted into a film, Killing Me Softly, which aired on BBC1 in 1996.[3][4]

Nadel's first novel, Pretty Thing, was published in 2015.[5][6] Her writing has appeared in many of the UK's national newspapers.

Her most recent book - WE : A Manifesto For Women Everywhere, written in collaboration with actress Gillian Anderson, was published by HC in the UK[7] and Atria in the United States, as well as in a number of other countries.

Nadel has contested several elections at local and national level as a candidate for the Green Party. In 2014, she stood in the Bryanston and Dorset Square ward on Westminster City Council, coming seventh (representing the third-placed party after the Conservative and Labour candidates). In the general election of 2015, she stood as a parliamentary candidate for Westminster North, coming fifth. In the 2017 election, she was a candidate in neighbouring Kensington, when she came fourth. In the 2016 London Assembly election, Nadel stood in West Central, finishing in third place.

She is a trustee of the charity Inquest[8] which supports families whose relatives have died in custody.

Compassion in Politics[edit]

In 2018, Nadel co-founded the campaign group Compassion in Politics[9] with her colleague Matt Hawkins. The group launched in October of that year with the stated aim of "putting compassion, cooperation, and empathy at the heart of politics." Since launching the campaign has received support from parliamentarians from six different parties - and one from the new Independent Group - and from a number of academics and activists including Noam Chomsky, Cerys Matthews, Helen Pankhurst, and Ruby Wax. Nadel has written articles for the campaign which have appeared in Metro[10] and Huffington Post.[11] The Guardian named the campaign one of the things to be hopeful about in 2019.[12]

Selected works[edit]

  • — (1993). Sara Thornton : The Story of a Woman who Killed. London: V. Gollancz. ISBN 9780575055810.
  • — (2015). Pretty Thing. Little Brown. ISBN 9781472113986.


  1. ^ "A message for men". The Lawyer. 21 April 1997. Retrieved 27 February 2015. The third Woman Lawyer conference excelled itself this year, by putting Lord Woolf on the spot when, facing Jennifer Nadel, ITN's Home Affairs editor, he conceded he would like to see consideration of a fast track to help women up the legal ladder.
  2. ^ Harris, Vicky (March 1994). "Reviews : Sarah Thornton: The Story of a Woman Who Killed". Probation Journal. 41 (1): 49. doi:10.1177/026455059404100122. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Don't Screen This Prime Time Travesty". The Daily Mail. 3 July 1996. Retrieved 27 February 2015. The programme is based on a book previously written by the ITN home affairs editor Jennifer Nadel....
  4. ^ "Killing me softly". WorldCat. OCLC 779047844. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. ^ Smith, Lawrence (19 February 2015). "Novelist draws inspiration from teen years in Horsham". West Sussex County Times. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ Gilligan, Ruth (15 February 2015). "Passionate tales for more than just teenage readers". Irish Independent. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  7. ^ "We by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel - Hardcover | HarperCollins". HarperCollins UK. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  8. ^ "INQUEST". Archived from the original on 9 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Compassion in Politics".
  10. ^ Nadel, Jennifer. "Articles by Jennifer Nadel". Metro.
  11. ^ Nadel, Jennifer. "Articles by Jennifer Nadel". Huffington Post.
  12. ^ "The-upside-2019-new-year-new-hope-new-horizons". The Guardian. 11 January 2019.