Carmen Callil is a publisher, writer and critic. She was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938. In 1972 Callil founded the publishing company, Virago, to publish books which celebrated women and women’s lives, literature and history.
In 1982 she was appointed managing director of Chatto & Windus and The Hogarth Press where she remained until 1994, continuing, also, as chairman of Virago Press until 1995. In 1994 she was editor-at-large for Random House worldwide, and from 1985-1991 she was on the board of Channel 4 Television. She served as a member of the management committee of the Booker Prize from 1979-1984; and was Chairman of the Judges on the 1996 Booker Prize.
She is the author of a book about Vichy France, Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family & Fatherland, and collaborated with Colm Tóibín in 1999 on The Modern Library: The Best 200 Novels in English since 1950.