Books by D.J. Taylor

THE WINDSOR FACTION by D.J. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"A yummy, multi-course meal."
An amusing historical novel and piece of alternative history from Taylor (Derby Day, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
DERBY DAY by D.J. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2012

"A sprawling and expansive novel that will appeal to those who like leisurely paced narratives with authentic 19th-century flavor."
Taylor reinvents the Victorian novel, basing his narrative loosely on W.P. Frith's massive satirical portrait of mid-19th-century English life of the same name. Read full book review >
BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE by D.J. Taylor
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Immensely readable, and of real value as a sharply pointed cautionary tale."
British biographer and novelist Taylor (Kept, 2008, etc.) offers a vivid group portrait of the 1920s pleasure-seekers who ought to have been—and sometimes were—characters in Evelyn Waugh's novels. Read full book review >
KEPT by D.J. Taylor
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 8, 2007

"A tour-de-force in the style of Dickens. The eccentrics and Victoriana are so captivating that they make up for knowing most of the truth before the finale."
A labyrinthine Victorian tale of insanity, greed, robbery and murder. Read full book review >
ORWELL by D.J. Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2003

"Like many volumes on the groaning shelf of Orwelliana, this reads more like a conversation with fellow monomaniacs than something for the general public. (16 pp. b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Carping portrait of the English patron saint of left-wing anti-communism, by a biographer who displayed a lot more enthusiasm for Thackeray (2001). Read full book review >
THACKERAY by D.J. Taylor
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Substantial and thoughtful, written with sympathy and affection. (16 pages b&w illustrations; 40 additional b&w illustrations throughout)"
A critic and novelist (English Settlement, not reviewed, etc.) examines the short, stressful life (1811–63) of the great Victorian writer. Read full book review >