D J Taylor

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

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Books: Ordinary people come out of the shadows

D J Taylor salutes a writer who showed that gay fiction belongs in pit villages as well as trendy nightclubs; The Scarlet Boy by Tom Wakefield with Patrick Gale Serpent's Tail, pounds 8.99, 185p

Summer Things by Joseph Connolly Faber & Faber, pounds 9.99; The anarchic ocean

A rocky English seaside farce gets some stick from D J Taylor

Books: A cure for the Imperial hangover

A S Byatt's new anthology provides subtle insights into our national psyche. By D J Taylor

Books: Beano for a dandy

The artist who shocked the 1890s is having a birthday bash. D J Taylor appreciates the art but can live without the poses

Books: Floating artist of the postwar world

D J Taylor heads for the Antipodes and unloads the secret cargoes of British life

Books: Hell in Harrow, overdrafts in Ohio

The Trollope family saga began with Anthony's intrepid mum, who fled a dismal home for uncouth America and pioneered Yank-bashing for British readers. D J Taylor remembers a woman of substance

Book review: Millions like us: British women's fiction of the Second World War by Jenny Hartley

Long obsessed by the 1930s and the 1950s, criticism of the mid- century English novel has recently begun to shift attention towards the Second World War. Welcome as much of this effort has been - for example, Alan Munton's English Fiction of the Second World War (1989) or Adam Piette's War and Imagination (1995) - Jenny Hartley is entitled to feel that women's writing has tended to take second place in books largely written by and about men. Millions Like Us is a comprehensive, and for the most part successful, stab at redressing this imbalance.

Books: Definitely not the last tango in Charleston

Vita and Virginia, Maynard and Duncan, Emma and Michelle? D J Taylor wonders why we still care

Books: Novel Twists on an old tale

D J Taylor bumps into the shade of Dickens on a journey through Victorian mists and myths; Jack Maggs by Peter Carey Faber & Faber, pounds 15.99

Book review / A glimpse of EngLit's bloomers

Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? More Puzzles in Classic Fiction by John Sutherland Oxford University Press, pounds 4.99
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor