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Derby Day 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 whistles through the foggy London courts, the alehouses and gentlemen s clubs echo to the sound of disputed odds In Belgrave Square 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 burglar 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 expects [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk all England is heading for Epsom Downs high life and low life ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk society beauties and Whitechapel street girls ➥ [Epub] ➟ Kholodovs Last Mistress By Kate Hewitt ➯ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk bookmakers and gypsies ❮Télécharger❯ ➺ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) ✤ Auteur Carole Mortimer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk hawkers and acrobats [KINDLE] ❃ If the Stiletto Fits... ❧ Wendy Etherington – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk punters and thieves Whole families stream along the Surrey back roads [Download] ➺ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, By Cindi Myers – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk towards the greatest race of the year Hopes are high ❮Download❯ ➻ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk nerves are taut [Epub] ❧ An Amish Family Christmas By Marta Perry – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk hats are tossed in the air this is Derby DayFor months people have been waiting and plotting for this day Even in dark November [PDF / Epub] ☃ Interrupted Lullaby ✑ Dana R. Lynn – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk when the wind whistles through the foggy London courts ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James ✑ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the alehouses and gentlemen s clubs echo to the sound of disputed odds In Belgrave Square old Mr Gresham is baffled by his tigerish daughter Rebecca ❰Epub❯ ➛ Vows of Revenge Author Dani Collins – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk whose intentions he cannot fathom In the clubs of St James s rakish Mr Happerton plays billiards with his crony Captain Raff [Download] ➹ Not a Fairy Tale By Romy Sommer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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 burglar Mr Pardew is packing his bags to return [EPUB] ✹ The Midwife and the Single Dad Author Gill Sanderson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk to the consternation of the stalwart detective Captain McTurk Everywhere money jingles and plans are laid Uniting them all is the champion horse Tiberius [Epub] ❧ Small-Town Billionaire Author Renee Andrews – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk on whose performance half a dozen destinies dependIn this rich and exuberant novel ❰Download❯ ✤ A Convenient Marriage Author Maggie Cox – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk rife with the idioms of Victorian England ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ A French Pirouette By Jennifer Bohnet ⚣ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the mysteries pile high [PDF] ✪ The Doctors Courageous Bride Author Dianne Drake – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk propelling us towards the day of the great race [EPUB] ✻ The Demure Miss Manning ✾ Amanda McCabe – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and we wait with bated breath as the story gallops to a finish that no one expects 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. 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 1,000 Guineas, The 2,000 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 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 1,000 Guineas, The 2,000 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 D.J 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 perhapsto 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 structured.I 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 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 Quincunx 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 D.J Taylor The heroes of Derby Day are author D.J Taylor for writi 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 Quincunx 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 D.J Taylor The heroes of Derby Day are author D.J Taylor for writing this novel and the novel s object of desire, a racehorse named Tiberius This horse will run in the coming Epsom Derby and all storylines race to that event The current owner of Tiberius, Mr Davenant is in financial trouble A Mr Happerton would love to take advantage of that situation and get a hold of Tiberius for himself Happerton marries the wealthy and desirable Rebecca to gain the capitol he needs to further his villainous plans Rebecca is smarter andproactive about her life than her husband suspects and that will cost him Circling these three are the prerequisite 287 addition characters all with tantalizing agendas of their own The amount of research involved in Derby Day shows on every page Each character behaves if not with the highest hoped for moral correctness of the period then at least in keeping with the period The food, the fabrics, the attitudes, all the incidentals of life in Victorian England are displayed with an everyday casualness that belies Derby Day having been written in the twenty first century The employment by the author of a slightly bemused, above it all narrator with knowledge of all builds an intimacy between the reader and the page that helps maintain that connection with the Victorian era Taylor s starting point for Derby Day was W.P Frith s wonderful, panoramic painting The Derby Day This painting was originally shown at the Royal Academy in 1858 You can see the allure for Taylor There is so much going on in the painting Every inch of the crowd tells a story and highlights a class situation.Amazingly every hope, every dastardly deed, every desperate prayer, the entire sprawl of the novel does come together at the Derby Derby Day could have been 500 pages of scattershot anecdotes and description but instead the brilliance of D.J Taylor has made this novel a masterpiece of showmanship and scholarship that completely entertains The only mystery in this book despite the billing is why I read the whole quite 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 roman The only mystery in this book despite the billing is why I read the whole quite 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 becomethan 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 frequently 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

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