Derby Day: A Novel

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Open Road Media, Apr 3, 2012 - Fiction - 416 pages
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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.

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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


The Conversation in Clipstone Court
Belgrave Square
An Addition to the Family
Scroop Hall
Marriage ą la Mode
A Situation in the Country
An Evening in the City
Part Three
Hounds upon the Scent
Captain McTurk Takes Charge
What The Star thought about
At Home and Abroad with Captain Raff
The Triumph of a Modern

What The Sportmans Magazine thought about
Mr Happertons Haunts and Homes
Shepherds Inn and elsewhere
London and Lincolnshire
What Bells Life thought about
More from Bells Life
The Governesss Tale
Part Four

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About the author (2012)

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.

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