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Derek J Taylor

Author and journalist


'A Horse

in the Bathroom'

now an audio book!


Government to boost


   The government has launched a self-build initiative in order to increase the number of new homes whose owners contract the builder and other tradesmen themselves.     An increase in self-build is seen as one of the ways of stimulating the economy by boosting the construction industry.     Self-building might also offer part of the solution to Britain’s housing shortfall which some estimates suggest will reach 750,000 homes by 2025.

    The government proposes that self building can result in properties that are higher quality, greener and cheaper, and adds, “The average cost of a ready-made home is now more than £232,000, but a budget of £150,000 is usually adequate to build a three to four-bedroom house.”

D over stable door

   Derek Taylor

is a former international television news correspondent, now an author and freelance journalist.

He's just had his first book published.

Ever thought you'd like to do up

an old wreck?

Convert that derelict barn?

Knock down a few walls

and turn a ruin into a home?


Yes? Well, before you shell out any money,

read Derek's book:

'A Horse in the Bathroom'.


He and Maggie set about

converting an old stables

and hit every imaginable problem.

In the end they triumphed.


A Horse in the Bathroom is heart-warming, funny, and essential reading for all would-be home-builders.

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'A Horse in the Bathroom'    

Click here to buy


'I enjoyed this. It's full of fascinating characters and surprises, and has got great style.'

-Martin Jarvis,

       Radio 4 book narrator

  'A Horse in the Bathroom' is now available from the world's biggest audio book publisher audible.co.uk:  (at a launch discount!)



  It's narrated by David Rintoul, whom you may remember as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, as Dr Finlay and other regular TV drama roles.

Click here

 to find out more about

'A Horse in the Bathroom.'

Derek now

represented by

top London

literary agency

 Derek is proud to announce that he is now represented by  

Diane Banks Associates

Literary Agency.



All approaches by publishers or media organisations should now go to Diane and her staff.

www.dianebanks.co.uk Click here