Carmen Callil was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, and came to the UK in 1960. She began working in publishing five years later and in 1972 founded the Virago Press, which she continued to chair until 1995. In 1982 she became Publisher of Chatto & Windus and The Hogarth Press and published writers such as Iris Murdoch, VS Pritchett, AS Byatt, Alan Hollinghurst, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Marina Warner and Frances Wheen. As a writer she is the co-author, with Colm Tóibín, of The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English since 1950. In 2006 she published an account of Vichy France, Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland. She lives in London.