Jodi Taylor

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Jodi Taylor
BornBristol, England[1]

Jodi Taylor is an English author of fantasy-style historical fiction[2] and romance[3][4] novels.


Taylor was born in southwest England, in Bristol.[1] She attended school in Gloucester.[1]

With her then-husband, Taylor moved to Yorkshire.[5] She worked for the North Yorkshire County Council for almost 20 years,[5] in positions including library facilities manager.[6]

Her first book, Just One Damned Thing After Another, was self-published on two download websites.[3] That manuscript was subsequently purchased by Accent Press,[5] which has published all her subsequent works.

Taylor lives in Gloucestershire.


Just One Damned Thing After Another appeared on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list on 21 January 2016 at #74.[7] It earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it "a carnival ride" in a "world ... depicted in lush detail".[8] The review in Library Journal lauded the book's "appealing cast of characters", with "plenty of humor, lots of action, and even a touch of romance."[9]

Many of Taylor's books are Amazon Best Sellers in categories such as "Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel",[10] "Fiction > Fantasy > Historical", and "Fiction > Romance > Science Fiction".[11] As of August 2017, Just One Damned Thing After Another ranks #40; also in the top 100 are seven of the other St Mary's novels, one of the short stories, and The Long and Short of It short story collection.[10]


The Chronicles of St Mary's[edit]

Taylor’s flagship series follows the staff of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, especially historian Dr. Madeleine “Max” Maxwell, as they time-travel to “investigate major historical events in contemporary time”.[12]


  • Just One Damned Thing After Another (June 2013)
  • A Symphony of Echoes (October 2013)
  • A Second Chance (February 2014)
  • A Trail Through Time (July 2014)
  • No Time Like the Past (February 2015)
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (August 2015)
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and History (May 2016)
  • And the Rest is History (April 2017)
  • An Argumentation of Historians (May 2018)

Short stories[13]

  • "The Very First Damned Thing" (October 2015)
  • "When a Child is Born" (November 2013)
  • "Roman Holiday" (June 2014)
  • "Christmas Present" (November 2014)
  • "Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings" (November 2015)
  • "The Great St Mary's Day Out" (August 2016)
  • "My Name is Markham" (December 2016)
  • "A Perfect Storm" (August 2017)
  • "Christmas Past" (December 25, 2017)
  • "The Battersea Barricades" (April 23, 2018)
  • "The Steam Pump Jump" (July 12, 2018)


  • The Long and Short of It (June 2017) - short stories
  • The Chronicles of St Mary's Boxset, Volume 1 (February 2015) - novels 1-3

Frogmorton Farm[edit]


  • The Nothing Girl (May 2014)
  • The Something Girl (July 2017)

Short stories[1]

  • "Little Donkey" (February 2015)

Elizabeth Cage[edit]

  • White Silence (September 2017)[14]
  • Dark Light (September 2018)

Writing as Isabella Barclay[edit]

  • A Bachelor Establishment (July 2015)[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jodi Taylor". Amazon., Inc. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Books". Accent Press, A Distinctive Voice in Publishing. Accent Press. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Novelicious (9 October 2014), "Novelicious Chats To...Jodi Taylor",, retrieved 4 August 2017
  4. ^ a b "Isabella Barclay". Amazon., Inc. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Scott, Catherine (24 April 2014). "Getaway to the sun brings new chapter for first time novelist". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ Taylor, April (2 September 2014). "Interview with comedy/history writer Jodi Taylor". Luke Ballard, Detective, Apothecary and Elemancer keeping the Tudors safe at Hampton Court Palace. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Just One Damned Thing After Another". USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. January 21, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Just One Damned Thing After Another". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz, LLC. February 15, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  9. ^ McArdle, Megan M.; Chadwick, Kristi (May 23, 2016). "Chambers's Debut of the Month, Durbin, Vyleta, plus Newcomer Merbeth & Series Lineup / SF/Fantasy Reviews, May 15, 2016". Library Journal. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Best Sellers in Time Travel Fiction". Amazon., Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary's)"., Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Taylor, Jodi (2013). Just One Damned Thing After Another. Abercynon, Wales: Accent Press Ltd. p. 11. ISBN 978-1910939482. ‘Although the phrase “time travel” is so sci-fi. We don’t do that. Here at St Mary’s we investigate historical events in contemporary time.’
  13. ^ a b c "The Chronicles of St Mary's Series (9 books)". Goodreads. Goodreads Inc. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  14. ^ Taylor, Jodi (25 June 2017). "White Silence". Jodi Taylor. Retrieved 4 August 2017.