selinaI am a historian at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hilda’s College. I research and write on class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives in modern Britain.

My most recent book - The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 was published on 10 April 2014 by John Murray. Based on dozens of personal testimonies, this book charts the history of working-class people over the turbulent 20th century. The next book signing and discussion will be in Oxford, 16 April 2014, with Melissa Benn: see Events page of this website for details.

‘The People is a book we badly need … clear, compelling’ Observer

‘Rousing … My feelings, after reading Selina Todd’s great book, is that a little salutary use of the guillotine wouldn’t go amiss’ The Times

‘Todd’s history is excellent – a deft interweaving of many narratives, smart, intimate and readable’ Guardian

‘What an excellent book this is … an accessible and entertaining read’ Independent

‘What differentiates Selina Todd’s book from existing literature is the way her narrative actually documents the voices of working-class people….brilliant and well-researched narrative’***** New Internationalist

‘Wonderfully readable social history…and – you could argue, with all the current Downton nonsense – necessary’. The Bookseller (an editor’s choice for 2014)


My book sprang from my desire to rewrite the history of a century often narrated in the words, and seen through the eyes, of the upper and middle classes. This book is about the experience of ordinary people – and tells how they made history, as well as responding to the actions of those more powerful than themselves.

Please explore my website to find out more about my work.

Photographs of the author are by Paul Cliff and are not to be reproduced without his permission.

Nothing on this website is to be reproduced without permission of Selina Todd