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

Works: 62 works in 442 publications in 2 languages and 10,234 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  History  Science fiction  Biography  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Dystopian fiction  Satire  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, win, Author of introduction, wpr, wst
Classifications: PR6029.R8, 823.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by D. J Taylor
Derby Day by D. J Taylor( Book )

35 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,328 WorldCat member 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 )

30 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member 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 )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member 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 )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member 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 )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 879 WorldCat member 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 )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member 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
Biological science by N. P. O Green( Book )

58 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1984
Bright young people : the lost generation of London's jazz age by D. J Taylor( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member 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 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Summer 1931 in seedy Bayswater and James Ross is on his uppers. An aspiring writer whose stories nobody will buy, with a landlady harassing him for unpaid rent, he is reduced to selling carpet-cleaning lotion door-to-door. His prospects brighten when he meets the glamorous Suzi, but their relationship turns out to be a source of increasing bafflement. Who is her boss, the enigmatic Mr Rasmussen - whose face bears a startling resemblance to one of the portraits in Police News - and why is he so interested in the abandoned premises above the Cornhill jeweller's shop? Worse, mysterious Mr Haversham from West End Central is starting to take an interest in his affairs. With a brief to keep an eye on Rasmussen, James finds himself staying incognito at a grand society weekend at a country house in Sussex, where the truth - about Rasmussen and Suzi - comes as an unexpected shock."--Publisher description
After the war : the novel and English society since 1945 by D. J Taylor( Book )

19 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bright young people : the rise and fall of a generation, 1918-1940 by D. J Taylor( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member 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 265 WorldCat member 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 nightclub. On the other hand, Soho looks an increasingly dangerous place to be. Mosley's Blackshirts are on the prowl and somebody is raiding the dirty bookshops and smashing nightclub windows in a quest for moral decency. Coerced into undercover work after an unfortunate incident at the Toreador, James finds himself infiltrating the Blackshirts' Chelsea HQ and spying on a top-secret dinner party attended by a royal guest."--Back cover
A vain conceit : British fiction in the 1980s by D. J Taylor( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nineteen eighty-four : a novel by George Orwell( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member 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 )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member 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
English settlement by D. J Taylor( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 127 WorldCat member 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 127 WorldCat member 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."
The new book of snobs by D. J Taylor( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by William Makepeace Thackeray, the first great analyst of snobbery, and his trail-blazing The Book of Snobs (1848), D.J. Taylor brings us a field guide to the modern snob. Short of calling someone a racist or a paedophile, one of the worst charges you can lay at anybody's door in the early twenty-first century is to suggest that they happen to be a snob. But what constitutes snobbishness? Who are the snobs and where are they to be found? Are you a snob? Am I? What are the distinguishing marks? Snobbery is, in fact, one of the keys to contemporary British life, as vital to the backstreet family on benefits as the proprietor of the grandest stately home, and an essential element of their view of who of they are and what the world might be thought to owe them. The New Book of Snobs will take a marked interest in language, the vocabulary of snobbery - as exemplified in the 'U' and 'Non U' controversy of the 1950s - being a particular field in which the phenomenon consistently makes its presence felt, and alternate social analysis with sketches of groups and individuals on the Thackerayan principle. Prepare to meet the Political Snob, the City Snob, the Technology Snob, the Property Snob, the Rural Snob, the Literary Snob, the Working-class Snob, the Sporting Snob, the Popular Cultural Snob and the Food Snob
Trespass by D. J Taylor( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member 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
Wrote for luck by D. J Taylor( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member 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
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Ask Alice : a novel
Orwell : the lifeKept : a Victorian mysteryThackeray : the life of a literary manAsk Alice : a novelBiological scienceBright young people : the lost generation of London's jazz ageAt the chime of a city clockBright young people : the rise and fall of a generation, 1918-1940
Alternative Names
D. J. Taylor escritor británico

D. J. Taylor schrijver uit Verenigd Koninkrijk (1960-)

David John Taylor

David John Taylor écrivain britannique

Taylor, D.

Taylor, D.J.

Taylor, D. J. 1960-

Taylor, David 1960-

Taylor, David J.

Taylor, David J. 1960-

Taylor, David John.

Taylor, David John 1960-

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