Catalogue


Derby Day /
D.J. Tayor.
imprint
London : Chatto & Windus, 2011.
description
405 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0701183586, 9780701183585 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : Chatto & Windus, 2011.
isbn
0701183586
9780701183585 (hbk.)
abstract
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 Day.
catalogue key
7799922
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Man Booker Prize for Fiction, GBR, 2011 : Nominated
Reviews
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Washington Post, April 2012
New York Times Full Text Review, May 2012
Wall Street Journal, May 2012
Washington Post, December 2012
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Summaries
Main Description
In the heat of June all England seems to head for Epsom downs u aristocrats and beggars, society beauties and street girls,bookies and gypsies, hawkers and acrobats, punters and thieves u whole families are streaming along the dusty roads, heading for the greatest race of the year. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air for this is Derby Day. For months, people have been waiting and plotting for this day. Even in snowy January, when snowflakes drift into foggy London courts, and the wind whistles through the alleys, the ale-house talk turns on the race. Across town, in smart Kensington, old Mr Gresham is baffled by his tigerish daughter Rebecca, who seems to have something on her mind. In the clubs of St James's, the rakish Mr Happerton plays billiards with his crony Captain Raff, while out at Scroop Hall sad Mr Davenant broods over his champion horse Tiberius, and waits for his daughter's new governess. Across the channel, the veteran burglar Mr Pardew is packing his bags to return. Everywhere money jingles and plans are laid. As the months pass the pace quickens and dastardly deeds are done, foxing even the stalwart police detective Captain MacTurk. In this exuberant, rolling novel, rich with the idioms of Victorian England, the mysteries pile high, carrying us up to the downs on the day of the great race, waiting with bated breath asthe story gallops to a finish that no one expects.
Main Description
In the heat of June all England seems to head for Epsom downs - aristocrats and beggars, society beauties and street girls,bookies and gypsies, hawkers and acrobats, punters and thieves - whole families are streaming along the dusty roads, heading for the greatest race of the year. Hopes are high, nerves are taut, hats are tossed in the air for this is Derby Day. For months, people have been waiting and plotting for this day. Even in snowy January, when snowflakes drift into foggy London courts, and the wind whistles through the alleys, the ale-house talk turns on the race. Across town, in smart Kensington, old Mr Gresham is baffled by his tigerish daughter Rebecca, who seems to have something on her mind. In the clubs of St James's, the rakish Mr Happerton plays billiards with his crony Captain Raff, while out at Scroop Hall sad Mr Davenant broods over his champion horse Tiberius, and waits for his daughter's new governess. Across the channel, the veteran burglar Mr Pardew is packing his bags to return. Everywhere money jingles and plans are laid. As the months pass the pace quickens and dastardly deeds are done, foxing even the stalwart police detective Captain MacTurk. In this exuberant, rolling novel, rich with the idioms of Victorian England, the mysteries pile high, carrying us up to the downs on the day of the great race, waiting with bated breath asthe story gallops to a finish that no one expects.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In the heat of June, all England seems to head for Epsom downs. For months before, people have been waiting and plotting for this day. Everywhere money jingles and plans are laid. As the months pass the pace quickens and dastardly deeds are done, foxing even the stalwart police detective Captain MacTurk.

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