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

Works: 54 works in 287 publications in 3 languages and 9,896 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Satire  Manuscripts  Dystopias  Science fiction 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6029.R8, 823.912
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Derby Day by D. J Taylor( Book )
28 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,291 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 )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,066 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
Orwell : the life by D. J Taylor( Book )
20 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 1,016 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
Ask Alice : a novel by D. J Taylor( Book )
15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 880 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 )
11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 634 libraries worldwide
If Wallis Simpson had not died on the operating table in December 1936, Edward VIII would not have been King of England three years later. He would have abdicated for "the woman he loves," but now, the throne beckons. If Henry Bannister's car had not careered off the Colombo back-road 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 man in Buckingham Palace and the existence of a secret organization operating at the highest levels of society and
Thackeray : the life of a literary man by D. J Taylor( Book )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 556 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the life of Victorian author William Makepeace Thackeray and discusses his place in English literary history
Bright young people : the lost generation of London's jazz age by D. J Taylor( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 473 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 )
11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 368 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
Thackeray by D. J Taylor( Book )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 346 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
After the war : the novel and English society since 1945 by D. J Taylor( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 286 libraries worldwide
Bright young people : the rise and fall of a generation, 1918-1940 by D. J Taylor( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 257 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 Undetermined and held by 244 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 )
7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
Nineteen eighty-four, a novel by George Orwell( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 145 libraries worldwide
Anti-utopie van de westerse wereld anno 1984, waarin de enkeling ten onder gaat in een volkomen kansloze strijd tegen een totalitair bewind
Great Eastern land : from the notebooks of David Castell : a novel by D. J Taylor( Book )
5 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 142 libraries worldwide
Dr. Feelgood's is a brothel overrun with fat, overindulged mice that lies at the western tip of a remote village somewhere in the Far East. It's presided over by Mr. Mouzookseem, an illiterate Englishman with his own reasons for fleeing the family fold for a life of anonymity. This is the beginning--or is it the end?--of a story that weaves in and out of time as David Castell immortalizes Mouzookseem and others in his notebook. A pragmatist whose father had his own ideas about what history can teach, David is a traveler of the mind and heart. Although he has been to exotic places, from Kashmir to the Russian steppe, he finds the domestic train from Paddington to Oxford hopelessly confounding--and the subject of an existential conversation. His musings unfold into a vivid tapestry of his own past, from his life as a student at Oxford to the women he loved and lusted after. As the stories and observations in David's notebooks take shape, they become an allegory for life, death, and the distortions of memory
Orwell by D. J Taylor( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and Polish and held by 129 libraries worldwide
Trespass by D. J Taylor( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 108 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 )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 99 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."
English settlement by D. J Taylor( Book )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 95 libraries worldwide
A financial thriller set in England in 1990___
Real life by D. J Taylor( Book )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 71 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."
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