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Derby Day

D. J. Taylor


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/1/2012)
Hardcover (6/1/2011)
Compact Disc (4/1/2012)


As the shadows lengthen over the June grass, all England is heading for Epsom Downs’ high life and low life, society beautifies and Whitechapel street girls, bookmakers and gypsies, acrobats and thieves. Whole families stream along the Surrey back-roads, towards the greatest race of the year. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air. This is Derby Day. In this rich and exuberant novel, the mysteries pile high, propelling us towards the day of the great race, as we wait with baited breath as the story gallops to a finish no one expects.

Praise For Derby Day

D. J. Taylor, a British writer of formidable accomplishments,has pulled off an impressive and wholly engaging feat in Derby Day. The prose brings to mind Thackeray and Dickens. It is delicious fun. Taylor leaves one delighted to have visited this world and to have shared in its dissolute yet inviting pleasures. Derby Day is on every count a winner.

— Jonathan Yardley

Epsom Derby is the subject of an intricately plotted and stylistically burnished crime caper. Taylor builds the suspense,sending his characters to the racetrack for the final event.  Whether he intends Tiberius to win or to lose remains, like much else in this tantalizing novel, mysterious almost to the end.

Derby Day is a triumphant success. In this unputdownable Victorian romp Taylor enjoyable proves himself to be one of the finest of our 21st-century novelists.

— A. N. Wilson

Pegasus Books, 9781605984445, 416pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2013

About the Author

D. J. Taylor is the author of Orwell: The Life, winner of the Whitbread Biography Award, and On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography (2019). Pegasus will publish Orwell: The New Life in 2023.