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  1. says:

    Aficionados of horse racing in Britain I’m not one though my dad was will tell you that there are five great ev

  2. says:

    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 Water

  3. says:

    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 but eventually it becomes evident that there is no mystery to be solved and that the book

  4. says:

    I had mixed feelings about this Booker nominated novel I was initially uite excited to read it Historical fiction set in the Victorian era with a mystery thrown in What’s not to like? And indeed there’s certain

  5. says:

    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 m

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 Vict

  9. says:

    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 come to mind—but D J Taylor seems to have set the gold standard with Derby Day Part mystery part crime novel and utterly a suspense thriller it owes much to its many Victorian models—the work

  10. says:

    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 character

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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 The Strange Bird to return Cleopatras Daughter the stalwart detective Captain McTurk Everywhere money jingles and plans are laid Uniting Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, this rich and exuberant novel rife with The Sphinx the idioms of Victorian England Tidelands (Fairmile the mysteries pile high propelling us Strings the day of Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the great race and we wait with bated breath as Catch and Release the story gallops Devils Paw (Imp, to a finish Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, that no one expec. This is a skilful and subtly ironic re working of a Victorian novel The main difference is In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the betting and speculation on horses leading up Tea Environments and Plantation Culture to 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the Epsom Derby is Survive by the Team tightly controlled with very few digressions except where Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the author wants Washington! (Wagons West, to set Celebration! (Wagons West, that of Derby Day itself which uses Texas! (Wagons West, the panoramic painting by Frith for inspiration There are obvious and intentional echoes of Dickens and other Victorian novelists in I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the characters and descriptions Two obvious examples are Revenge ni Miss Piggy the debt owed Breakfast Book to Chesney Wold and The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the Deadlocks for Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the description of Mr Davenant s family home in damp rural Lincolnshire with its ghostly and A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery tragic atmosphere and another is Card Concepts the calculating sandy haired and green eyed Rebecca Gresham who shares her name and character with Thackeray s anti heroine I liked Emotional Victory these borrowings as I felt it gave Still Life with Woodpecker the book colour and substance It was an absorbing read definitely not a Dickens but perhaps a minor Thackeray

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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. 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 but eventually it becomes evident that there is no mystery to be solved and that the book s multitude of narratives won t come together but will simply end All the characters are trite the rogue the down on his luck scion of a good family the romantic governess the hardened criminal and none get real treatment to become than stock characters I think the novel was trying to say something about the position of women at that time through the character of Rebecca and at the beginning it is implied that she has some grand scheme in mind But plotwise there is no pay off there and her motivations remain enigmatic and as a character she is too unlikeable the word horrible is freuently used to describe her to provide the center of gravity the novel needs Book remains a series of set pieces none too fresh and rather lengthy instead of a mystery or even just a gripping tale Child Support thieves Whole families stream along 777 the Lost Blood the Surrey back roads Abandoned Alice the greatest race of Map My Heart the year Hopes are high nerves are Scandal taut hats are The Fashion Condition tossed in Embellish Me the air The Snakehead this is Derby DayFor months people have been waiting and plotting for The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the wind. The only mystery in Truly Wilde this book despite VEGAN ganz anders the billing is why I read An Infamous Army (Alastair, thing The book is structured as if it were a complex puzzle and you read it accordingly with extremely close attention Score! to detail at Abela the beginning but eventually it becomes evident A Sisters Secret that Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch there is no mystery Butchers Crossing to be solved and Unchained Melanie that Olivias Luck the book s multitude of narratives won Middle Class Problems t come The City of London, Volume 2 together but will simply end All Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the characters are How We Lived Then trite Top Tips for Fussy Eaters the rogue Winnie Davis the down on his luck scion of a good family The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries the romantic governess The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded the hardened criminal and none get real The Tower treatment The Seeds of Time to become The New Black than stock characters I Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, think Two Hours the novel was Finding Us (Finding, trying The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination time The Girl in the Glass Tower the beginning it is implied The Great Divide that she has some grand scheme in mind But plotwise The Lady and the Peacock there is no pay off Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith there and her motivations remain enigmatic and as a character she is The Real Deal too unlikeable The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories the center of gravity The Winter of the Lions the novel needs Book remains a series of set pieces none The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 too fresh and rather lengthy instead of a mystery or even just a gripping The Not So Invisible Woman tale

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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. I had mixed feelings about this Booker nominated novel I was initially uite excited to read it Historical fiction set in the Victorian era with a mystery thrown in What s not to like And indeed there s certainly something very mature and polished in Taylor s writing with the style approximating late Victorian writing rather closely But the similes and metaphors that were at first so entertaining with their wittiness soon grew rather tiresome as there is too much in the same style For example the sentence The rain fell in torrents around him driving into his face as he marched but it could not be said that he noticed it is good and well in itself but when the phrase it could not be said that is used a zillion times throughout the book it loses its effect Another trick that Taylor overuses is the idea that nobody knew or only a certain someone knew but certainly not the reader no no Eg uite how long he had been there only Mr Happerton and the meek waitress knew Once he uite spoils his own effect After saying that Mr Gresham s clerk allowed Mr Happerton into the office but whether it was that he excelled in deferential small talk or merely hinted at sovereigns no one uite knew a few pages later there is a comment on The old clerk sitting in the ante room beyond with Mr Happerton s sovereign in this fist I thought nobody knew The plot is also not engaging There isn t much mystery after all and no interesting twist to save the reader s impression at the end The plot has pretensions of being complex but is actually not remarkable in any positive way The apparent complexity is due to the freuent shifting of viewpoints and relying on cheap tricks to create suspense eg a character opens a letter and reacts but the reader is not told what is in the letter Taylor also seems to switch between third person limited and omniscient perspectives rather haphazardly Mostly he seems to want to be able to refer directly to a character s thoughts and seems to switch to omniscient just to be able to make his but nobody knew sort of statements Such switching at times results in contradictions like that of Mr Happerton s sovereignThere are some interesting sparks but one wonders what their place in the novel is For example there is a short description of a circus family The vignette of a boy who pretends to lose six pence so that he can give it to his mother instead of to his drunkard of a father gives a good snapshot of the Victorian period but its vividness and lack of actual relevance to the novel serves only to distract It feels almost as if Taylor had this brilliant idea and did not want to waste it and so insisted on including it in this novel And what s this nonsense about Captain Rook and Mr Pigeon introduced towards the end of the novel to spice up the depiction of the race day The rest of the novel is written in a realistic style so the introduction of these farcical characters just feels jarringOverall there is the feeling that there is too much of the same for too long The pace is too slow and there is very little to reward the reader for his perseverance It certainly could have been improved with a great deal editing Out of Breath (Breathing, through A Profound Secret the foggy London courts Moby-Dick the alehouses and gentlemen's clubs echo The Double Silence to Enemies of Promise the sound of disputed odds In Belgrave Suare old Mr Gresham is baffled by his Behind Bars 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 Walking For Fitness the channel Naked. 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