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 new book, Snakes and Ladders: The Great British Social Mobility Mythis published in February 2021 – one of the ‘best books’ of 2021 predict The Times and the Financial Times. Find out more about it on the books page of this site or on the Penguin website.

My book Tastes of Honey is the first and only authorised biography of the playwright Shelagh Delaney. 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’s a story 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. 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. This website is © Selina Todd and nothing here is to be reproduced without the written permission of Selina Todd.