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 Whitechapel 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.
Pegasus Books; April 2012
- ISBN 9781480416291
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- Title: Derby Day
- Author: D. J. Taylor
Imprint: Pegasus Books
In The Press
“Derby Day is a triumphant success. In this unputdownable Victorian romp Taylor proves himself to be one of the finest of our 21st-century novelists.” —Financial Times
“Derby Day will be hard to put down. As ever with Taylor, literary complexities lurk under the smooth surface of a stylish page-turner.” —Condé Nast Traveler
“Taylor has written an exceptionally clever 19th-century novel with a richness of character that almost matches his models of Dickens and Thackeray.” —The Sunday Times
“All of these characters move about in a world that is Victorian England to the core, with its monied elegance banging up against wretched poverty, its complicated systems of credit, its filthy streets and fetid air. Taylor scarcely leaves the reader wanting to inhabit this world, but at the same time he leaves one delighted to have visited it and to have shared in its dissolute yet inviting pleasures. Derby Day is on every count a winner.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
About The Author
D. J. Taylor is a novelist, critic and biographer whose Orwell won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. His most recent books are Kept: A Victorian Mystery, Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940, and Ask Alice.