Derby Day

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Pegasus Books, 2012 - Fiction - 405 pages
5 Reviews

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.

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

Rather a tedious book. Clearly meticulously researched, but very laboured and desperately heavy going. Reading this book was a little like watching grass grow in real time, but maybe not quite as exciting. Read full review

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User Review  - Opinionated - LibraryThing

4 stars for the pacy narrative and period detail. Mr Taylor paints a compelling picture of the niceties of off course betting in Victorian England, the roaring trade in buying and selling notes ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

D. J. Taylor's Orwell won the Whitbread Prize for Biography.His most recent books are Kept; Bright Young People; Ask Alice; and Derby Day, which was nominated for the Booker Prize and was selected as a Washington Post Best Book ofthe Year.

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