DJ Taylor is the author of ten novels, including English Settlement (1996), which won a Grinzane Cavour Prize; Trespass (1998), longlisted for the Booker Prize; Kept (2006), a Publisher’s Weekly Book of the Year, and Derby Day (2011), also longlisted for the Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes a biography of Thackeray (1999); Orwell: The Life, winner of the 2003 Whitbread Biography Prize; and Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940 (2007). On the Corinthian Spirit: The Decline of Amateurism in Sport (2010) is a social history of amateur and professional approaches to sport, described as ‘elegant and perceptive’ by the Observer and ‘a fantastic read that goes to the heart of what sport is really about’ by the Big Issue.
His new novel The Windsor Faction will be published later in 2013. His journalism appears in the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, the Tablet, the Spectator, the New Statesman and, anonymously, in Private Eye.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Norwich, England, with his wife, the novelist Rachel Hore, and their three sons.