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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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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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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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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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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MAJOR TAYLOR, CHAMPION CYCLIST by Lesa Cline-Ransome
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An author's note summarizes Taylor's life after 1901, discusses the racial climate of turn-of-the-20th-century cycling, and cites sources. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Glorious, light-filled oils are not enough to save this lackluster picture book biography of "Major" Marshall Taylor, the first African-American world-champion cyclist. Read full book review >