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Professor Maureen Freely


AB (Harvard)


Research interests

Maureen Freely is the author of six novels (Mother’s Helper, The Life of the Party, The Stork Club, Under the Vulcania, The Other Rebecca, and - most recently - Enlightenment) as well as three works of non-fiction (Pandora's Clock, What About Us? An Open Letter to the Mothers Feminism Forgot, and The Parent Trap).  The translator of five books by the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (Snow, The Black Book, Istanbul: Memories of a City, Other Colours and The Museum of Innocence), she is active in various campaigns to champion free expression.  She also works with campaigns aiming to promote world literature in English translation.  She has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the Sunday Times for two decades, writing on feminism, family and social policy, Turkish culture and politics, and contemporary writing. 


Selected publications


Mother’s Helper (1979)

The Life of the Party (1985)

The Stork Club (1991)

Under the Vulcania (1994)

The Other Rebecca (1996)

Enlightenment (2007)


Pandora’s Clock: Understanding Our Fertility and What About Us? (1993)

What About Us? An Open Letter to the Mothers Feminism Forgot (1995) 

The Parent Trap (2000)


Snow (2004), Istanbul: Memories of a City (2005), The Black Book (2006), Other Colours(2008), and the Museum of Innocence (2010), all by Orhan Pamuk

My Grandmother, by Fethiye Cetin (2008)


Teaching and supervision

Creative Writing