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Taylor, D. J. (David John) 1960-

Overview
Works: 49 works in 220 publications in 1 language and 9,052 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Biography  Historical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Black humor  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6070.A9118, 823.914
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Derby Day by D. J Taylor( Book )
28 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,285 libraries worldwide
As the shadows lengthen over the June grass, all England is heading for Epsom Downs - high life and low life, society beauties and Whitechapel street girls, bookmakers and gypsies, hawkers and acrobats, punters and thieves. Whole families stream along the Surrey back-roads, towards the greatest race of the year. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air - this is Derby Day
Kept : a Victorian mystery by D. J Taylor( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,165 libraries worldwide
A talented and versatile writer, author of The Comedy Man (2001) and a biography of George Orwell (2003), Taylor presents a literary Victorian mystery that combines a Dickensian cast of characters with the dark foreboding of Poe. In a story ostensibly about a madwoman whose husband, Henry Ireland, dies in questionable circumstances, finding the killer is ancillary to a journey into the human psyche. Mr. Dixey, a naturalist whose country manse contains rare specimens of stuffed and live wildlife, also houses Henry's distraught widow: her precarious sanity is secure in protective isolation. Dixey's shady proclivities lead him to a con man whose opportunism makes financial captives of people of all classes. The novel's deliciously drawn-out pacing mirrors Victorian literature, as does the wonderfully descriptive language ("skeins of birds," "mournful in the gloaming") and sophisticated vocabulary ("encomia pronounced over his catafalque"). A refreshing lack of unbelievable coincidences reflects a more modern style: each person's story realistically demonstrates the author's conclusions about the things we collect and the people we cannot. Book groups will enjoy this one
Ask Alice : a novel by D. J Taylor( Book )
16 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 997 libraries worldwide
In 1920s London, former actress and society hostess Alice Keach receives a mysterious visitor and unearths a secret long ago buried in rural Kansas
Orwell : the life by D. J Taylor( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 849 libraries worldwide
Chronicles George Orwell's life-changing service to the British crown in India, the literary world he inhabited, his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and his works
Thackeray : the life of a literary man by D. J Taylor( Book )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 573 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the life of Victorian author William Makepeace Thackeray and discusses his place in English literary history
The Windsor faction by D. J Taylor( Book )
10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 501 libraries worldwide
If Wallis Simpson had not died on the operating table in December 1936, Edward VIII would not be King of England three years later. He would have abdicated for "the woman he loves," but now, the throne is his. If Henry Bannister's car had not careered off the Colombo back-roads in the summer before the war, Cynthia Kirkpatrick would never have found out about The Faction. It is autumn 1939, and everything in history is just as it was. Except, that is, for the identity of the king in Buckingham Palace and the existence of a secret organization operating at the highest levels of society and determined to derail the war effort against Nazi Germany. The Windsor Faction is an ingenious exercise in what-might-have-been that assembles a cast of real and imaginary characters in a horrifyingly plausible re-invention of history
Bright young people : the lost generation of London's jazz age by D. J Taylor( Book )
2 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 496 libraries worldwide
A historical assessment of the bohemian socialites of 1920s London traces their half-century dominance over the Western world's social scene and the ways in which they inspired the works of such authors as Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, in an account that also explores their hidden struggles with wartime tragedies and addiction
Thackeray by D. J Taylor( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
"Vanity Fair, published in serial parts in 1847-8, made William Makepeace Thackeray famous - 'all but the top of the tree' he told his mother, 'and having a great fight there with Dickens, if truth be known.' Behind him lay an extraordinary life - an intense, Anglo-Indian childhood, dominated by the figure of his mother; a fortune lost by his early twenties; a disastrous marriage to a wife who went mad and left him to bring up their two small daughters in conditions of near penury." "Thackeray's early career was a struggle - ten years of apprentice hack-work that laid the foundations on which his great novels took root and grew. But as D.J. Taylor shows in this new biography - the first major study for twenty years - his later life was no less troubled. A torturous, platonic love affair with the wife of one of his oldest friends, bitter literary quarrels with eminent Victorians, an obsession with earning enough money to keep his family after his death - all these combined to produce a complex, touchy man, acutely sensitive to criticism and fearful of the publicity that accompanied his passage through early-Victorian literary life. Worn out by work and beset by illness, he died at 52, sadly aware that, brilliant as they were, the great novels of his maturity - Pendennis, The History of Henry Esmond and The Newcomes - could never scale the awesome peak claimed by Vanity Fair."--Jacket
At the chime of a city clock by D. J Taylor( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 344 libraries worldwide
Bayswater, 1931. James Ross, an aspiring writer whose stories nobody will buy, is reduced to door-to-door selling. He meets glamorous Suzi, but their relationship turns out to be a source of bafflement
Orwell by D. J Taylor( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 306 libraries worldwide
"In the last half-century George Orwell's Animal Farm and Nineteen Eight-Four have sold over 40 million copies. The adjective 'Orwellian' is now a byword for a particular way of thinking about life, literature and language, while Orwell himself has become one of the most potent and symbolic figures in Western political thought."
After the war : the novel and English society since 1945 by D. J Taylor( Book )
11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 281 libraries worldwide
Bright young people : the rise and fall of a generation, 1918-1940 by D. J Taylor( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 265 libraries worldwide
Moving from the Great War to the Blitz, 'Bright Young People' is both a chronicle of England's lost generation of the Jazz Age, and a panoramic portrait of a world that could accommodate both dizzying success and paralysing failure
Secondhand daylight by D. J Taylor( Book )
8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 210 libraries worldwide
Autumn 1933, and for once struggling writer James Ross seems to have fallen on his feet. Not only has the Labour Exchange fixed him up with a day-job collecting rents in Soho, but friendly Mr Samuelson is employing him front-of-house in the Toreador night-club. Even his melancholy love-life is looking up, thanks to a chance encounter with the alluring Gladys, enigmatic inhabitant of the Meard Street second-floor back. On the other hand, Soho looks an increasingly dangerous place in which to be at large. Not only are Mosley's Blackshirts on the prowl, but somebody is raiding the dirty bookshops and smashing night-club windows in a quest for moral decency. Fetched up in a police-cell in West End Central after an unfortunate incident outside the Toreador, and coerced into undercover work by the mysterious Inspector Haversham, James finds himself infiltrating the Blackshirts' Chelsea HQ , leafleting passers-by in the King's Road and spying on a top-secret dinner party attended by a highly important Royal guest. Meanwhile, the emotional consequences of this deception are set to come as a nasty shock
A vain conceit : British fiction in the 1980s by D. J Taylor( Book )
5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 182 libraries worldwide
Great Eastern land : from the notebooks of David Castell : a novel by D. J Taylor( Book )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 140 libraries worldwide
Trespass by D. J Taylor( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 114 libraries worldwide
George Chell, marooned in the Caradon, a Suffolk seaside hotel, is trying to make sense of the unexplained life of his uncle and finds that the collapse of Chell Holdings is far more complex than it first appeared
The comedy man by D. J Taylor( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
English settlement by D. J Taylor( Book )
6 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 99 libraries worldwide
A financial thriller set in England in 1990___
Derby Day a novel by D. J Taylor( file )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
As the shadows lengthen over the June grass, all England is heading for Epsom Downs--high life and low life, society beauties and Whitechapel street girls, bookmakers and gypsies, hawkers and acrobats, punters and thieves. Whole families stream along the Surrey back-roads, towards the greatest race of the year. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air--this is Derby Day
Real life by D. J Taylor( Book )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
 
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Taylor, D.
Taylor, D. J.
Taylor, D. J., 1960-
Taylor, David 1960-
Taylor, David J.
Taylor, David John.
Taylor, David John, 1960-
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