Welcome

selinaI am a writer and Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. I write about class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives.

My next book, Snakes and Ladders: The Great British Social Mobility Mythis published in February 2021. Find out more about it on the books page or on the Penguin website.

My book Tastes of Honey is the first and only authorised biography of the playwright Shelagh Delaney and is published by Chatto and Windus (August 2019). You can read more about it on the Shelagh Delaney page of this website. An Observer Book of the Week, it has been described as ‘splendid and illuminating’ (Observer), ‘clever, hopeful and cheering’ (New Statesman), ‘excellent’ and ‘engaging’ (Financial Times).

The People. The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010  was a Sunday Times bestseller. One of Caitlin Moran‘s Cultural Highlights, and a Book of the Year for David Kynaston, The People is based on the voices of working-class people themselves. It busts some of the myths that politicians peddle about the past: that everything was alright in the age of the grammar school; that working-class people in the past were ‘deserving’ of help, but aren’t any longer; that women ‘traditionally’ stayed at home and didn’t work; that if people just accepted their place everything would be ok. My history is one of anger, defiance and sometimes of despair – but ultimately of hope for a better future, one that we can build by knowing more about how ordinary people changed things for the better, usually with no help whatsoever from the privileged, wealthy few.

I’m sometimes on Twitter: @selina_todd, but I’m not the world’s most assiduous emailer or tweeter. Please use the ‘contact’ page to find out who to contact for more information about my work. Thanks for your interest.

Photographs of the author are © Paul Cliff and other photos are © Walker – The Walker Touch unless otherwise specified, and are not to be reproduced without written permission. Nothing on this website is © Selina Todd and is not to be reproduced without the written permission of Selina Todd