D.J. (David) Taylor is a writer and critic and a trustee of both the Orwell Foundation and the Orwell Archive at University College London. He is currently working on annotated editions of Orwell's six novels with the first two volumes - Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four - appearing earlier this year. His second biography of Orwell, titled Orwell: The New Life, is due for publication in 2023. His first, Orwell: The Life, won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003. His twelve novels include Trespass (1998) and Derby Day (2011), both of which were longlisted for the Booker Prize, and, most recently, Rock and Roll is Life: The True Story of the Helium Kids by One Who Was There (2018). Stewkey Blues, his latest collection of short stories, will be published early next year. His journalism appears in a number of publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, the Guardian, the Critic and, anonymously, in Private Eye.
5x15: with The Orwell Foundation
Join 5x15 and The Orwell Foundation to celebrate Orwell’s life and legacy with Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Yaffa, D.J Taylor, plus an exclusive short film from Sarah Wood and Ali Smith