The author, biographer and critic talks to Nicholas Wroe about Norwich, the Booker prize and taking potshots at the literary establishmentWhen DJ Taylor started out as an author in the mid 1980s he remembers being strongly advised that “the one thing you must never do in a literary career is to write books in different genres. ‘Never be a novelist and a critic,’ I was told. ‘Never be a novelist and a biographer.’ It’s actually very good advice and 30 years ago I indeed set out with every intention of just being a novelist. But then I got diverted …”Taylor’s diversions came quickly and soon assumed the dimensions of other people’s entire careers. Following his 1986 debut novel, Great Eastern Land, he became a novelist/critic with the publication of the iconoclastic A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the 1980s in which he took potshots at the London literary establishment, as only a 29-year-old can. Soon after this he was a novelist/biographer, with a comprehensive life of Thackeray and a Whitbread prize-winning biography of Orwell. Studies of the postwar novel, of the Corinthian spirit in sport, of the Bright Young People of 1920s London would all come along in due course.Not …read more

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