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

Overview
Works: 53 works in 330 publications in 3 languages and 9,898 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  History  Science fiction  Biography  Satire  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Noir fiction  Dystopias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6029.R8, 823.912
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Publications about D. J Taylor
Publications by D. J Taylor
Most widely held works by D. J Taylor
Derby Day by David John Taylor( Book )
30 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,256 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
Orwell : the life by D. J Taylor( Book )
26 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and Polish and held by 1,142 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
Kept : a Victorian mystery by D. J Taylor( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,014 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
Thackeray : the life of a literary man by D. J Taylor( Book )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 892 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the life of Victorian author William Makepeace Thackeray and discusses his place in English literary history
Ask Alice : a novel by D. J Taylor( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 850 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
The Windsor faction by D. J Taylor( Book )
14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 656 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 )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 468 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
At the chime of a city clock by D. J Taylor( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 349 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
After the war : the novel and English society since 1945 by D. J Taylor( Book )
21 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 346 libraries worldwide
Bright young people : the rise and fall of a generation, 1918-1940 by D. J Taylor( Book )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 317 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 )
13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 248 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
A vain conceit : British fiction in the 1980s by D. J Taylor( Book )
8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 193 libraries worldwide
Nineteen eighty-four : a novel by George Orwell( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
Ever since its publication in 1948, George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian regime where Big Brother controls its citizens like 'a boot stamping on a human face' has become a touchstone for human freedom, and one of the most widely-read books in the world. In this new annotated edition Orwell's biographer D. J. Taylor elucidates the full meaning of this timeless satire, explaining contemporary references in the novel, placing it in the context of Orwell's life, elaborating on his extraordinary use of language and explaining the terms such as Newspeak, Doublethink and Room 101 that have become familiar phrases today. This is the essential edition of the essential book of modern times
The prose factory : literary life in England since 1918 by D. J Taylor( Book )
4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
What do we mean when we talk about 'taste'? 'Taste' takes countless forms. There is the exclusive taste of highbrow critics such as T.S. Eliot and F.R. Leavis. There is the taste of ordinary book lovers persuaded to buy the best-sellers of the day. And there is the taste of Virginia Woolf's elusive 'common reader'. A taste that in the days of the Victorian reading public was founded on shared standards but now, in the age of Twitter and the blogosphere, is fragmenting into chaos. Spanning a century of literary history, from the pitched battles fought between Eliot-era modernists and Georgian traditionalists to the political in-fighting of the Thirties, the arrival of the upwardly mobile post-war 'New Man' and the impact of creative writing degrees and the media don, The Prose Factory explores the myriad influences on English literary life in the past century and the way in which they have shaped our preferences. It is also a tale of personalities - 'star reviewers', sniping critics, caballing editors, crusading ideologues, megalomaniac professors, Arts Council functionaries - a tale of dazzling successes and embittered failures in which gossip and intrigue are as important as intellectual zeal. Above all, it is a study of change. We live in a world where is ever more difficult for professional writers to make a living, where the dangers of institutionalisation lurk on every corner and where critical authority is giving way to the whims of cyberspace. Wide-ranging and controversial, as interested in the newspaper essayist and the bookclub best-seller as the view from Mount Olympus, The Prose Factory is the book that D.J. Taylor was born to write
Trespass by D. J Taylor( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 107 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
English settlement by D. J Taylor( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 98 libraries worldwide
A financial thriller set in England in 1990___
The comedy man by D. J Taylor( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 97 libraries worldwide
"An entertainer looks back on his life in this novel based on the rise and fall of a famous British comedy team From the vantage point of late middle age, Edward "Ted" King--one half of the dynamic duo Upward & King--discovers that nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Ted met Arthur Upward in Britain's National Service. They started out doing gigs at Soho cabarets, and in the mid-sixties, they took their act on the road. By the late seventies, they were the most beloved comedians on British television, watched by ten million viewers per week. This inventive novel, narrated by Ted on the eve of the release of a documentary about their famous partnership, begins with his boyhood in the farm fields of post-war Yarmouth. The son of a shopkeeper with few aspirations, Ted soon realizes he wants to tell jokes for a living. Then, one day in a hall at the sergeants' mess, he sees Arthur perform the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." He instantly senses the titanic influence the other man will have on his life. Ted plays the straight man to Arthur's pratfalling comic, and they go on to captivate a nation. Until it all goes wrong. Crosscutting between the past and present, The Comedy Man is a poignant, funny "memoir" that reminds us how comedy is often derived from the most serious situations--and from the inexpressible longings of the human heart."
Wrote for luck by D. J Taylor( Book )
5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
Ranges from North Norfolk to Chicago, from sordid old antique dealers to glamorous young writers, from glorious local gossips to frustrated academics. These stories aboud with gleeful absurdity, waspish humour and awkward, exquisitely English conversations. But they are also rich in melancholy and the heady sadness of people struggling to find a place in the world. Some are fascinatingly strange, others are uncomfortably familiar. Some are simply hilarious - and all are touchingly human
Real life by D. J Taylor( Book )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 70 libraries worldwide
"A screenwriter is about to discover that in life there are no rewrites Martin Benson writes scripts for porn films. He didn't always aspire to be a screenwriter; he once had dreams of becoming a great journalist. But life has a way of interfering with the best-laid plans. In this darkly captivating novel, Martin shares the story of his past-- and a future that is yet to be written. Martin's search for that elusive thing called happiness takes him back to the Norfolk village of his youth. There, he meets and moves in with schoolteacher Suzi Richards, whose biological clock is ticking. But he is haunted by Elaine Keenan, the gorgeous actress who got away. Then one day the phone rings, sending Martin on a search for his lost love and a final reckoning with the past. Filled with angst and longing, Real Life charts one man's course back through his own history--a witty, lively account that blurs the line between art and reality, with an ending you will never see coming."
After bathing at Baxter's : stories by D. J Taylor( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
Eighteen stories sharply capture ordinary people desperate to escape their dead-end lives as they grapple with failure, disappointment, and missed chances. In "Dreams of Leaving," Harlem pornographer Fuchs has seen it all; though he has never traveled farther west than Cincinnati, his bedroom is a shrine to all the places he secretly fantasizes about. "The Summer People" are the tourists who come to Cromer and invade Julian's life every July and August, but this sweltering season of change will mark a turning point in the Norfolk teen's life. In "Flights," a mid-level insurance salesman named Dorfman haunts airports and collects model airplane kits--only to find his humdrum life changed forever by a beautiful Filipino flight attendant. "The Survivor" is about an unsung writer who lives through many millennia, from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the present--as well as an unimaginable world without books. And in the title story, twenty-four-year-old deli worker Susy fantasizes about an end-of-summer vacation away from Tara City, Wyoming--"a place you moved out of."
 
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David John Taylor
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English (228)
Italian (2)
Polish (1)
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