D. J. Taylor’s Derby Day

I recently finished D. J. Taylor’s historical novel, Derby Day, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2011. Set in Victorian England, this brilliant novel details the double dealings and crimes revolving around a horse favored for the Epsom Derby. It is not a horse book; it is about the human beings involved […]

Six Series to Lose Yourself in Over the Holidays: Balzac, Durrell, Ferrante, Burgess, Gabaldon, & Le Guin

I do not like Christmas books. One year at a posh friend’s, we listened to Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on public radio. Luv ya, public radio, but the reader’s enunciation was excessive!  Everybody looked glazed and drank a lot of wine. I don’t drink.  And I have never cared for A Christmas Carol. So what […]

D. J. Taylor’s Books Reissued As E-Books & Musings on Margaret Drabble’s A Summer Bird-Cage

D. J. Taylor, a brilliant novelist, biographer, and critic, is one of my favorite writers. His historical novel, Derby Day, was nominated in 2011 for the Man Booker Prize, his biography of George Orwell won the Whitbread Award in 2003, and his elegant counterfactual novel, The Windsor Faction, won the Sidewise Award for Best Long-Form […]

D. J. Taylor Wins the Sidewise Award for Alternate History

D. J. Taylor, a brilliant novelist, biographer, journalist, and critic, is one of our best 21st-century writers.   His historical novel, Derby Day, was nominated in 2011 for the Man Booker Prize, and his biography of George Orwell won the Whitbread Award in 2003. Now his elegant novel, The Windsor Faction, has won the Sidewise […]

Alternate History: D. J. Taylor’s The Windsor Faction

This summer I have read several alternate histories (sometimes known as counter-factual histories). It is a fascinating genre.  Both science fiction and literary novelists have experimented with this “what if” form, among them Philip K. Dick,  D. J. Taylor, Doris Lessing, Philip Roth, Jo Walton, Pamela Sargent, and Joanna Russ. I have just reread D. […]

D. J. Taylor’s From the Heart

There comes a point when your life begins to resemble your job.”–D. J. Taylor’s From the Heart D. J. Taylor’s novella, From the Heart, has recently been published as a Kindle Single. Taylor, whose novel, Derby Day, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2011 and whose biography of George Orwell won the Whitbread […]