Jay Lewis Taylor

Ready To Start. Self Portrait, 1917 by William Orpen

Ready To Start. Self Portrait, 1917 by William Orpen

Despite having spent most of my life in Surrey and Oxfordshire, I now live in Somerset, within an hour’s drive of the villages where two of my great-great-great-grandparents were born. I have worked in a wide range of libraries in my time, but am in fact a thwarted medievalist with a strong arts background.

I have been writing fiction for over thirty years, exploring the lives of people who are on the margins in one way or another, and how the power of love and language can break down the walls that we build round ourselves.


From page one, I was luxuriating in the language. Not to worry, the story isn’t told in Olde English necessarily, but definitely in the cadence and terminology and colloquialisms of the time. It fits that and the characters. I was giddy. Jay Lewis Taylor knows exactly how to manipulate the words and create a mountain-high fountain of literary chocolate, flowing and gorgeous and almost too much to handle. THE PEACOCK’S EYE reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

The story takes more after a historical novel with gay characters than after an m/m romance in period costumes, which is noteworthy, and should please historical fans. Readers who  favour elegance and delicacy in their stories should also enjoy it as long as they don’t mind the romance burning slowly in the back seat. DANCE OF STONE reviewed by Boys in Our Books

The characters are mature people with senses of humor filled with warm, wry natures. Happiness and sarcasm go hand in hand. By the middle of chapter three, character development was at an obviously high level. DANCE OF STONE reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

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