Derby Day by D. J. Taylor
A Novel

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...Mr. Taylor renders Victorian London with exquisite skill—a sunset over Belgrave Square, for instance...
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Nominated for the Man Booker Prize, an exquisite tale of romance and rivalry, gambling and greed, from one of England’s finest writers.

As the shadows lengthen over the June grass, all England is heading for Epsom Down—high life and low life, society beauties and White chapel street girls, bookmakers and gypsies, hawkers and thieves. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air—this is Derby Day.

For months people have been waiting and plotting for this day. Everyone’s eyes are on champion horse Tiberius, on whose performance half a dozen destinies depend. In this rich and exuberant novel, rife with the idioms of Victorian England, the mysteries pile high, propelling us toward the day of the great race, and we wait with bated breath as the story gallops to a finish that no one expects.

A "Best Book of the Year" for 2012 by Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post
 

About D. J. Taylor

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D. J. Taylor áis a novelist, critic ,and biographer whoseáOrwelláwon the Whitbread Prize for Biography. His most recent books areá Kept;áBright Young People:áThe Rise and Fall of a Generation;áAsk Alice; áandá Derby Day , which was nominated for the Booker Prize and was selected as aá Washington Post áBest Book of the Year.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Pegasus. 416 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Benfey on May 04 2012

Taylor has culled Victorian popular literature for pertinent epigraphs to his chapters, and he cleverly evokes the crush and clutter of 19th-century crowds.

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Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on May 11 2012

...Mr. Taylor renders Victorian London with exquisite skill—a sunset over Belgrave Square, for instance...

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