D J Taylor

David John Taylor is a British critic, novelist and biographer.

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D J Taylor: Is this woman the new Edwina Currie?

Of the 2010 intake of new MPs, Elizabeth Truss stands out. It's all a question of PR...as the middle classes, Tesco and the professions will tell you

D J Taylor: Has the liberal dream turned to ashes?

Perhaps some things are beyond the bounds of tolerance – such as actors smoking on screen (and the 'Daily Express')

BOOKS: Fun, flounces and some not-so-dangerous liaisons

A Factory of Cunning By Philippa Stockley LITTLE, BROWN pounds 14.99 (377pp) pounds 12.99 (free p&p) from 0870 079 8897

The Lion, the Witch and the Boardroom

A chronicle of Narnia, rebanding, money, morality and the battle for the legacy of CS Lewis

Books: A roundabout route from the Hacienda to Oasis

Manchester, England by Dave Haslam Fourth Estate, pounds 12.99, 319pp; D J Taylor studies the geography of pop culture's holy city in the north

Book review: Gridlocked

Triangulation by Phil Whitaker Phoenix House, pounds 12.99, 272pp

Books: A far, far better thing

Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet? by John Sutherland Oxford UP, pounds 4.99, 256pp: D J Taylor unlocks classic secrets with an ingenious academic sleuth. But why isn't everyone a vampire?

Books: Plenty of drudgery, not enough downsizing

D J Taylor is pleased to find that the suave committee-man can still turn in an honest day's toil - even if modern office life has passed him by

Books: All our slips are showing

Baffled by rubbish in the media, a major poet mocks the new philistines. D J Taylor regrets that the poet's publisher belongs in that camp, too... Play Resumed by D J Enright Oxford University Press, pounds 18, 205pp

Books: Toffs against toughs

D J Taylor applauds a grand tour of the language, but finds that it loses its way on the home stretch
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Christmas without hope

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The 'Black Museum'

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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect