Lindy Woodhead

Lindy Woodhead founded her PR Agency specialising in international fashion and luxury retail in 1973. Over the decades her clients have included a roll-call of celebrated names: Browns of South Molton Street, Karl Lagerfeld, Garrard & Co (when Crown Jewellers), Louis Vuitton, Cerruti 1881, Ferragamo, Valentino and Yves St Laurent amongst many others. She became the first woman on the Board of Directors at Harvey Nichols (1988-1991) on her appointment as publicity and marketing director. Lindy retired from PR in 2000 to write full time.

Her first book, WAR PAINT: Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry, was published by Virago in 2003 to critical acclaim. Subsequently published by Wiley in the USA, War Paint has been translated for publication in Japan, Taiwan and Poland. An award-winning television documentary based on her book has been screened by PBS in America and distributed world-wide. Lindy toured extensively to promote War Paint, giving presentations and talks in Ireland, France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Her second book, Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge, was published by Profile in 2007. Radio Four’s ‘Book of the Week’, it has now been adapted by Andrew Davies into the successful Sunday night series ‘Mr Selfridge’. Made by ITV Studios/Co-produced with Masterpiece-PBS, Series One opened in January 2013 to an audience of 8.5 million. Sold already to over 99 world-wide territories by ITV Global Studios, Series Two (set in 1914) is now in production, with Lindy returning to the project as Retail History and Script Consultant.

Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge is now published by Random House in America, where the television series ‘Mr Selfridge’ launched on Masterpiece on March 31st 2013.

Lindy’s new book Midnight Mother (the biography of 1920s illegal night club owner Kate ‘Ma’ Meyrick) will come from Weidenfeld in July 2017.

Married with two sons, Lindy divides her time between S.W. London and South West France. She continues to act as a guest lecturer and presenter, broadcaster and freelance writer for many prestige titles, where her favourite topic is early 20th-century social history particularly ‘eccentricities’ in connection with fashion, style and entertainment. Her hobbies are archive research (which she likens to the thrill of archaeological discovery), jewel history, gardening and making jam & chutney with fruit from her gardens in France.

Literary Agent: Eugenie Furniss at Furniss  Lawton (
Film & Television Agent: Lucinda Prain at Casarotto Ramsay