D.J. Taylor was born in 1960, went to Norwich School and St John's College Oxford. He is the author of two acclaimed biographies, Thackeray and Orwell: The Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003. He has written eleven novels, including Kept: A Victorian Mystery, The Windsor Faction and Derby Day, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. David is also well known as a critic and reviewer, and his other books include A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the 1980s and After the War: the Novel and England since 1945. His journalism appears in the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, The Tablet, The Spectator, The New Stateseman and, anonymously, in Private Eye . He is married to the novelist Rachel Hore. They have three sons and live in Norwich.