D.J. Taylor was born in 1960. His novels include English Settlement (1996), which won a Grinzane Cavour Prize, Trespass (1998) and Derby Day (2011), both long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Kept (2006), a Publishers Weekly book of the year, and The Windsor Faction (2013), joint winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. He is also the author of two acclaimed biographies, Thackery (1999) and Orwell: The Life, winner of the 2003 Whitbread Biography Prize.
David is also well-known as a critic and reviewer, and his other books include After the War: The Novel and England since 1945 (1993), Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940 (2007) and The Prose Factory: English Literary Life since 1918 (2016). His journalism appears in the Times Literary Supplement, The Times, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, The Tablet and, anonymously, in Private Eye. He is married to the novelist Rachel Hore. They have three sons and live in Norwich, UK.