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 ho...more
Derby Day by D.J. Taylor.
The heroes of Derby Day are author D.J. Taylor for writi ...more
But the similes and metaphors that were at first so entertaining with their wittiness soon grew rather tiresome, as there is too much in the same style. For e ...more
If you loved Bleak House and other Dickens novels, you will enjoy Derby Day. Taylor presents a cast of characters who are all interconnected by a horse Tiberius, who is destined to run the race at Epsom in 1866. Taylor
plays homage to Dickens and I enjoyed the novel immensely.
The novel, as the title suggests, centers around the lives of several “sporting gentlemen” and their wives, associates, enemies, and victims in the months leading up to the year’s biggest horse race. I loved the characte ...more
Rebecca and Mr. Happerton, but all of them are unique in their own way. The period is beautifully portrayed.
The story is set in London and environs during a few weeks in the reign of Queen Victoria, it is not merely a work of historical fiction but one written in a language appropriate to its time — i.e., it is a Victorian novel. It is fun and can be read purely as such, yet it is also a serious novel about a society caught between the familiar and the new, in which “the world is changing” and leavin ...more
Well, I almost gave up Derby Day. I read it faithfully every night and each time, I’d tell Brandon, “I don’t know how much more of this I can read.” Yet, despite my silly pact giving me l ...more
Like his book Kept (which I read some time ago and really enjoyed), Derby Day is subtitled "A Victorian Mystery," and there is enough intrigue and foul play scattered throughout the novel's 400+ pages to keep a my ...more
However, there was some editorial/continuity issues, which if you're reading it every so often you probably wouldn't notice, but I read it in two halves so did. This was a small irritant, mainly because this was long listed for ...more
This is not a quote used in "Derby Day", but a pertinent one I think! It is not just the acknowledgement and a couple of quotes from Thackeray that shows D.J. Taylor’s affinity and connection with the 19th Century novelist.
Plans were all in place to have this one read and reviewed just prior to the Victoria Racing Club Derby that was run ...more
Also, Derby Day made me laugh quite a bit -- the machinations of the various con artists involved in Taylor's plot are very amusing.
My reservation about Derby Day? There is really no protagonist. The ...more
He lives in Norwich and contributes to The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman and The Spectator among other publications.
He is ...more