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Little Atoms 410 - DJ Taylor and The Prose Factory

DJ Taylor is the author of two acclaimed biographies, Thackerary (1999), and Orwell: The Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003.

He has written eleven novels, the most recent being The Windsor Faction.

He’s 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 Wall Street Journal and, anonymously, in Private Eye.

His latest book is The Prose Factory: Literary Life in Britain Since 1918.

In the particle of me that cares for this, I betrayed those little atoms with a kiss

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