D. J. Taylor

Reluctant servant of the Raj: Burma Sahib, by Paul Theroux, reviewed

17 February 2024 9:00 am

Few personal details survive about Eric Blair’s life as a policeman in Burma, making his years in the East fertile ground for the novelist

From teenage delinquent to man of letters: James Campbell’s remarkable career

11 June 2022 9:00 am

The great age of the Scottish autodidact must have ended a century ago, but it had a prodigious impact while…

A book trade romp: Sour Grapes, by Dan Rhodes, reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Dan Rhodes’s career might be regarded as an object lesson in How Not to Get Ahead in Publishing. Our man…

My father, the tyrant: Robert Edric describes a brutal upbringing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In a career stretching back to the mid-1980s, Robert Edric has so far managed a grand total of 28 novels,…

A complex creation myth: Alexandria, by Paul Kingsnorth, reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Challenging stuff,’ my wife remarked, having alighted on the page of Paul Kingsnorth’s new novel in which a character named…

Would Faber & Faber still exist without T.S. Eliot?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Like many a 20th-century publishing house, the fine old firm of Faber & Faber came about almost by accident. The…

Ghosts of the past haunt Pat Barker’s bomb-strewn London

29 August 2015 9:00 am

If the early Martin Amis is instantly recognisable by way of its idiosyncratic slang (‘rug-rethink’, ‘going tonto’ etc) then the…

Barbara Pym: a woman scorned

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Anyone who has ever listened to the thump of a rejected manuscript descending cheerlessly on to the mat can take…

Hilary Mantel’s fantasy about killing Thatcher is funny. Honest

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Heaven knows what the millions of purchasers of the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will make…

The thrill of the (postmodern neo-Victorian) chase

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Charles Palliser’s debut novel The Quincunx appeared as far back as 1989. Lavish and labyrinthine, this shifted nigh on a…