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Whitebread award winner shares his humour with East End readers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:56 05 October 2010

Writer D J Taylor visits Bethnal Green

Writer D J Taylor visits Bethnal Green

AN AWARD winning writer is offering respite from election fever when he reads from his latest novel which is a dark comedy set in the 1930s. DJ Taylor will entertain bookworms with a reading from the novel At The Chime of a City Clock at Bethnal Green Li

AN AWARD winning writer is offering respite from election fever when he reads from his latest novel which is a dark comedy set in the 1930s.

DJ Taylor will entertain bookworms with a reading from the novel At The Chime of a City Clock at Bethnal Green Library on Tuesday evening (May 4).

The writer and critic won the Whitbread Biography award for his Orwell: the Life in 2003.

His collection of short stories After Bathing at Baxter's was published in 1997 and he has six other novels to his name.

His new book features aspiring 1930s writer James Ross who is reduced to selling carpet cleaner to keep the wolf from his door. He encounters a glamorous but mysterious women and tries to uncover the truth about her boss who bears a striking resemblance to wanted posters in Police News and who takes an unnatural interest in the empty premises above a jeweller's shop.

The book is described as 'Thirties comedy noir' by publishers Constable and Robinson.

The event has been arranged as part of the library's London Writing Book Group programme to introduce readers to different genres of writing about the capital.

Tuesday's free event at Cambridge Heath Road starts at 6pm and refreshments will be served.

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