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Stephen Taylor was once a happy and reasonably well-adjusted person; that was until an urge to write invaded his psyche, this need to be a writer, to tell tales. He spent his days as a Tax Inspector (Now come on out from behind the sofa - they're a fine bunch of lads and lasses at the Tax office), and shuffling his daughter to and from school. But then these thoughts began to coalesce.
A Georgian trilogy was conceived. Three stories, set in London; a decadent time, a decadent place.
The first Novel – NO QUARTER ASKED NO QUARTER GIVEN was Born (later short listed for the BritWriters Award).
The second novel, A CANOPY OF STARS - A Georgian courtroom drama,
The third novel,RIPPLES AND SHADOWS - An historians discovery of two remarkable lives - people from the opposite ends of Georgian society.
And see also a Children’s Novel, THE KING OF BLOGNOGPOTIN.
Latest novel, set in Thatcherite Britain, ONCE UPON A THATCHER TIME- A financial thriller, high finance, love and adventure
Born in Yorkshire, brought up in Manchester; he now works in Nottingham and lives in the Vale of Belvoir, a widower with a daughter just finished at University.
on Oct. 13, 2013 :
Once upon a Thatcher Time, opens with the death of a fisherman; an uncle to Nick the main character that we follow. As the plot progresses, Nick finds himself manipulated by money hungry individuals, powerful politicos and those seeking revenge for crimes of the past which draws Nick into his own moral maze.
Author Steve Taylor makes good use of his career in finance and readers are taken on a journey of exploration in the world of economical commerce and business corporations. All the major characters are well drawn, with reasonable flaws and the author captivates and brings to life France and its culture, all in a thrilling story of an elusive search for justice.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Aug. 07, 2013 :
This is a hybrid of a novel; on the one hand it is a conventional thriller involving murder and drug running, but it is also a story of high finance and the shadowy dealings of big business. It explores the underbelly of the Thatcher years, and, like all good, stories, Stephen asks the question - "What If." What if a major national trading company, whose chairman is at the heart of government - a cabinet minister and President of The Board of Trade, is founded on criminality and drug running, and then that money has been used to take advantage of the Thatcher years of greed and the unrestricted free market economics to become a national name. What on the surface is the height of respectability is, in fact, anything but. The story is told through the eyes of Nick Beverley who, on his 25th birthday, inherits shares from his late uncle who had apparently been lost at sea in 1970. He goes to work for the company and at first he is a willing convert to these Thatcherite principles. But then he starts to piece together the company's dark past and the fact that his uncle was murdered. This is an adult involved story, and is gripping because of that. I've not previously read anything that explores these themes. This book is something out of the ordinary and was the most refreshing read because of that. It makes a change from Georgian pugilists anyway!
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)