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Reviews

DJ Taylor's new book is an exploratory and sometimes eye-popping slice of social history . . . Taylor is a strikingly versatile writer - novelist, critic, historian, author of the standard biography of Orwell, and the acerbic wit behind Private Eye's What You Didn't Miss column . . . If you have even a passing interest in human relationships and the imagination, you should not deny yourself the pleasure of reading it
John Carey, Sunday Times
DJ Taylor, who has previously written about the bright young things of the interwar years, makes a convincing case for seeing Sonia and her peers as a racier, tougher and far more intelligent group than has previously been allowed
Guardian
Lively account of the chaotic way of life at the Horizon office . . . In Lost Girls, Taylor presents a colourful portrait of this fascinating, sophisticated and highly sexualised literary world . . . expertly narrated . . . excellent descriptions of the daily routine in the Horizon office . . . a remarkable work and an important addition to the extraordinary wartime history of literary London
Selina Hastings, Literary Review
Entertaining, ever shrewd account
Spectator
Enjoyable . . . an often very funny chronicle of fiendishly complicated and rackety love lives . . . infectious . . . deliciously readable
Lucy Lethbridge, Financial Times
Enticing . . . Like a private detective on an adultery case, Taylor eavesdrops in bedsits and furnished flats, lurks in Chelsea pubs and Soho dives, reporting in a style both elegant and deadpan. His text is crowded with throwaway gems
Jane Thynne, The Tablet
Highly entertaining
Country Life
Immersive, intense and dense with detail, Taylor's latest work is a wonderfully niche and pointed take on lost girls from a lost era; a real-life wartime drama, on an intricate and intimate scale
Irish Times
Engaging and stylishly written . . . captures the edgy atmosphere of 1940s bohemian London
Ann Kennedy Smith, Times Literary Supplement
A lively, perceptive, and gossip-strewn inquiry into an overlooked aspect of an influential corner of London's literary life
The New Criterion
An empathetic group biography of four bright, beautiful, literary women in wartime London . . . highly entertaining account . . . insightful and empathetic group biography
Wall Street Journal
Thoughtful, witty writer . . . poignant
Ysenda Maxtone Graham, London Review of Books
Enthralling . . . because of D.J. Taylor's vivid and affecting group biography, the "lost girls" will never be lost again
The Washington Post