DJ Taylor

Novelist and critic
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D.J. Taylor was born in 1960, went to Norwich School and St John's College Oxford. He is the author of two acclaimed biographies, Thackeray and Orwell: The Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003. His novels include Trespass and Derby Day, both longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Kept: A Victorian Mystery and The Windsor Faction. David is also well known as a critic and reviewer, and his other books include A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the 1980s and After the War: the Novel and England since 1945. His journalism appears in the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, the GuardianThe TabletThe SpectatorThe New Stateseman and, anonymously, in Private Eye . He is married to the novelist Rachel Hore. They have three sons and live in Norwich.

Taylor's magnificent new novel is Spinal Tap for literary types... This is a thoroughly entertaining, knowledgeable romp through the fear and loathing of rock's golden age. Beautifully written and consistently funny, it is also a poignant account of one man's search for his own identity. ​

Simon Humphreys
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