Lennie Goodings is Chair of Virago Press. Her authors include Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, Marilynne Robinson, Maya Angelou, Sarah Dunant, Sandi Toksvig, Linda Grant, Natasha Walter, Naomi Wolf, among many other writers. Lennie is herself now writing a book, The Idealistic Publisher, while still acquiring and editing books for Virago. She is Canadian, married, the mother of two and lives in London.
She was part of the second generation of Viragos – joining full time in 1979, four years after it published its first book: an amazingly exciting and dynamic time in the women’s movement. She has gone through all of Virago’s rebirth and reincarnations: original independence; part of the Chatto,Virago,Cape Bodley Head Group; one of the team who did the management buy-out; and part of the Board who sold the imprint to Little,Brown in 1995. Lennie Goodings won Editor and Imprint of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2010 and this year was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by London’s Southbank’s Women of the World Festival.