Recent Publications

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Stewkey Blues: Stories (2022)

A new collection of 15 stories, set in David's home county of Norfolk.

'Sharp, subtle stories’.

 

Hephzibah Anderson, Observer

                                               

'No one should be deterred by the Norfolk setting, for only in the most
literal sense is this provincial fiction. After Stewkey Blues, I for one
would happily read Taylor about anywhere’.

 

Andrew Rosenheim, Spectator

‘In his solid, grounded, entertaining collection of stories, Dj Taylor draws out the mythical qualities of East Anglia's terrain, urban or rural or somewhere marginal in between’.

                                               

          Hilary Mantel

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Orwell: The Annotated Editions (2021- )

David's annotated edition of Orwell's six novels begins with Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).

 

 

Both titles were published by Constable on 3 June 2021, and contain Orwell's original text, an introduction, extensive footnotes and a selection of reviews and other relevant material.

 

Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1936) and Coming up for Air (1939) will follow in June 2022, and Burmese Days (1934) and A Clergyman's Daughter (1935) in June 2023. David's new biography, Orwell: The New Life, will be published in May 2023.

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Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature 1939-1951 (2019)

Barbara, Sonia, Lys and Janetta – four bohemian women who cut a swathe through war-time literary London.

 

‘An exploratory and sometimes eye-popping slice of social history…You should not deny yourself the pleasure of reading it’.

 

          John Carey, Sunday Times

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‘Because of D.J. Taylor’s vivid and affecting biography, the “lost girls” will never be lost again’.

                                               

          Dwight Garner, Washington Post

Rock and Roll is Life: The True Story of the Helium Kids by One Who Was There (2018)

The Helium Kids appeared on Top of the Pops on 27 separate occasions, released five Billboard-certified platinum albums and were nearly, but not quite, as big as the Beatles. In this bittersweet novel, their publicist looks back.

‘In D.J. Taylor [the music industry] finds a writer closer to Balzac than it may even deserve’.

 

 Sean O’Brien, Times Literary Supplement

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‘The list of truly great music-based novels might be a short one, but with the addition of Rock and Roll is Life it just got slightly longer’ 

 

           Ashley Norris, Shindig

The Prose Factory: Literary Life in England Since 1918 (2016)

‘As long as books as elegantly written, defiantly intelligent, scrupulously researched and richly enjoyable as this are being published, the future is much brighter than hosts of gloomy cultural soothsayers would have us believe.’

                                     

John Preston, Mail on Sunday

 

‘…a deeply enjoyable read’  

                                     

Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books

‘The sheer vitality of Taylor’s engagement with books, and not always the most fashionable books, is infectious. As we read his perceptive portraits and crisp judgements, we can’t help feeling that such writing meets a need that is not going to go away any time soon.’ 

                                               

           Stefan Collini, The Guardian

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