D. J. Taylor

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David John Taylor (born 1960)[1] is a British critic, novelist and biographer. After attending school in Norwich, he read Modern History at St John's College, Oxford, and has received the 2003 Whitbread Biography Award for his biography of George Orwell. His novel Derby Day was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Previously a member of Norwich Writers' Circle.

He lives in Norwich and contributes to The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, The Spectator, Private Eye and Literary Review among other publications.


  • Great Eastern Land: from the notebooks of David Castell (1986) novel
  • A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the 1980s (1989)
  • Other People: Portraits From The 90's (1990) with Marcus Berkmann
  • Real Life (1992) novel
  • After the War: The Novel and England since 1945 (1993)
  • English Settlement (1996) novel
  • After Bathing at Baxter’s (1997) short stories
  • Trespass (1998) novel
  • Thackeray (1999) biography
  • The Comedy Man (2002) novel
  • Pretext 6: Punk of Me (2002) guest editor
  • Orwell (2003) biography
  • Kept (2006) novel [1]
  • On The Corinthian Spirit: The Decline of Amateurism In Sport (2006)
  • Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940 (2007)
  • Ask Alice (2009) novel [1]
  • At the Chime of a City Clock (2010) novel [1]
  • Derby Day (2011) novel [1]
  • Secondhand Daylight (2012) novel
  • The Windsor Faction (2013) novel

Prizes and honours[edit]