[E–pub READ] (Derby Day)


  • Hardcover
  • 405
  • Derby Day
  • D.J. Taylor
  • English
  • 08 August 2019
  • 9780701183585

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FREE READ Derby Day · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Whistles through the foggy London courts the alehouses and gentlemen's clubs echo to the sound of disputed odds In Belgrave Suare old Mr Gresham is baffled by his tigerish daughter Rebecca whose intentions he cannot fathom In the clubs of St James's rakish Mr Happerton plays billiards with his crony Captain Raff while in darkest Lincolnshire sad Mr Davenant broods over his financial embarrassments and waits for his daughter's new governess Across the channel the veteran bu. This book is written in a very fun and engaging way and you will most likely have a rollicking good time while reading it Having said that I could not escape a feeling at the end that there was no there there Entertaining but ultimately I suspect forgettable But the ride is thoroughly enjoyable for as long as it lasts

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FREE READ Derby Day · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Rglar Mr Pardew is packing his bags to return to the consternation of the stalwart detective Captain McTurk Everywhere money jingles and plans are laid Uniting them all is the champion horse Tiberius on whose performance half a dozen destinies dependIn this rich and exuberant novel rife with the idioms of Victorian England the mysteries pile high propelling us towards the day of the great race and we wait with bated breath as the story gallops to a finish that no one expec. This is a skilful and subtly ironic re working of a Victorian novel The main difference is that the plot centring round the betting and speculation on horses leading up to the Epsom Derby is tightly controlled with very few digressions except where the author wants to set the scene especially that of Derby Day itself which uses the panoramic painting by Frith for inspiration There are obvious and intentional echoes of Dickens and other Victorian novelists in the characters and descriptions Two obvious examples are the debt owed to Chesney Wold and the Deadlocks for the description of Mr Davenant s family home in damp rural Lincolnshire with its ghostly and tragic atmosphere and another is the calculating sandy haired and green eyed Rebecca Gresham who shares her name and character with Thackeray s anti heroine I liked the use of these borrowings as I felt it gave the book colour and substance It was an absorbing read definitely not a Dickens but perhaps a minor Thackeray

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FREE READ Derby Day · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook As the shadows lengthen over the June grass all England is heading for Epsom Downs high life and low life society beauties and Whitechapel street girls bookmakers and gypsies hawkers and acrobats punters 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 DayFor months people have been waiting and plotting for this day Even in dark November when the wind. Aficionados of horse racing in Britain I m not one though my dad was will tell you that there are five great events of the flat racing season in this country The St Leger The Oaks The 1000 Guineas The 2000 Guineas and the greatest of them all the Epsom Derby in British English the word is pronounced darby In an Afterword to this book the author indicates that his novel was partly inspired by a mid 19th century painting The Derby Day by William Powell Frith The painter had attended his first Derby in the 1850s and had been impressed less by the race itself than by the huge ensemble of characters around it pickpockets prostitutes thimble riggers travelling showmen of every description gentlemen cads with their mistresses and so on DJ Taylor s book is consciously written in the style of a Victorian novel so for example the characters are referred to formally as would have been the case at the time therefore we get characters called Mr Happerton Mr Pardew Miss Ellington etc It s billed as a mystery although that s possibly a misnomer as it s clear from the outset that a number of the characters are up to no good and there s no real element of mystery as to who the villains of the piece are The mystery element is perhaps to do with how their schemes turn out The Derby itself only takes up a couple of chapters near the end of the book Most of the novel is in the setting up of the schemes being plotted and the story is well structuredI thought this was an enormously fun read The author conjures up a rich picture of Victorian England especially its disreputable side You could say that some of the characters were stereotypes but to me that s the whole point that s how they would have been in a Victorian novel For me an entertaining read and an exuberant tribute to the genre


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  1. says: [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) READ & DOWNLOAD ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü D.J. Taylor FREE READ Derby Day

    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) Aficionados of horse racing in Britain I’m not one though my dad was will tell you that there are five great events of the flat racing season in this country The St Leger The Oaks The 1000 Guineas The 2000 Guineas and t

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    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) Ahhhh Victorian novels What don’t I love about them? Certainly not their size Those Victorians wrote some chubby books God bless them The time period the plots I love it all Every once in a while you find a contemporary writer who can produce a Victorian novel The uincunx by Charles Palliser Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber come to mind Now add to that list Derby Day by

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    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) READ & DOWNLOAD ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü D.J. Taylor D.J. Taylor Ü 0 FREE READ The only mystery in this book despite the billing is why I read the whole uite lengthy thing The book is structured as if it were a complex puzzle and you read it accordingly with extremely close attention to detail at the beginning

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    FREE READ Derby Day [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) D.J. Taylor Ü 0 FREE READ I had mixed feelings about this Booker nominated novel I was initially uite excited to read it Historical fiction set in the Victor

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    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) I enjoyed reading this but am not uite sure what to make of it It's billed as a Victorian mystery but didn't really seem to contain many elements of a mystery to me as it's a fairly straightforward story of misdoings in the horse racing world It's written in some kind of Victorian style which I don't know enoug

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    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) This book is written in a very fun and engaging way and you will most likely have a rollicking good time while reading it Having said that I could not escape a feeling at the end that there was no there there Entertaining but ultimately I suspect forgettable But the ride is thoroughly enjoyable for as long as

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    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) Much better than his novels set in the present since the faux Victorian style suits Taylor’s blithely condescending sensibility But saying a character is like Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair to save on characterisation? Lazy

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    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) This is a skilful and subtly ironic re working of a Victorian novel The main difference is that the plot centring round the betting and speculation on horses leading up to the Epsom Derby is tightly controlled with very few digressions except where the author wants to set the scene especially that of Derby Day itself wh

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    READ & DOWNLOAD ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü D.J. Taylor [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) D.J. Taylor Ü 0 FREE READ Surely we are living in a new Silver Age of the Victorian sensational novel and long may it continue There have been many superlative entries in this happily revived genre—the works of Caleb Carr Sarah Waters Michael Cox and Clare Clark co

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    [E–pub READ] (Derby Day) Having finished Derby Day I can say that it's a solid detective story in the vein of Dickens with a cast of dozens of colorful British charactersa governess a spurned blue stocking wife a sporting man who's a cad old lawyers canny housemaids etc The writing was engaging enough that I did not mind learning how about horse racing a subject that did not greatly interest me before Will try to find other books by this writer

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