Search Results: "D.J. Taylor"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

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KEPT by D.J. Taylor
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Read it for Taylor's journey but not for anything deeper. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When a Tennessee senator's daughter is expelled from her posh prep school, she faces challenges at her new, public high school. Read full book review >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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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 >

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PETER TAYLOR by Hubert H. McAlexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Of use and interest to students of southern letters and postwar American fiction."
A workmanlike biography of the noted southern writer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 1992

"A thorough and significant contribution to Civil War scholarship."
From rare-book dealer Parrish, an engaging and exhaustively researched biography of an important and intriguing, though rarely studied, Confederate leader. Read full book review >

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TAYLOR FIVE by Ann Halam
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 9, 2004

"The third-person narrative has more explanation than action, but the bold concept makes this a good match with Nancy Farmer's stronger work, The House of the Scorpion. (Fiction. 10+)"
"What does it mean to be a clone? How is a clone supposed to feel?" Read full book review >

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ZACHARY TAYLOR by John S.D. Eisenhower
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Adequate sketch of Taylor's accomplishments without a great deal of flesh or heart."
Old Rough and Ready gets proficient, if somewhat lackluster treatment in this latest volume of the American Presidents series. Read full book review >

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OPERATION JOSH TAYLOR by Melody Fitzpatrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Hampered by generic characterizations, this amusingly voiced but not-quite-funny comedy of errors is enjoyable but fails to dazzle. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When 13-year-old Hannah Smart's parents refuse to buy her concert tickets to see her pinup idol, superstar singer Josh Taylor, she and her genius best friend, Rachel Carter, must come up with a way to earn the money themselves. Read full book review >