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Derek J Taylor

Author, historian and journalist


'A Horse

in the Bathroom'

now an audio book!

   Derek Taylor

is a former international television news correspondent,

now historian,

author and




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 first 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'    

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'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:  



  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.

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 Magna Carta in 20 Places explains how a largely technical medieval document has become an inspiration to those who’ve struggled over centuries to win freedom and justice in the face of tyranny.


 The story is told through 20 places associated with the Great Charter's birth and later history. It's an extraordinary journey from the palaces and villages of England, through the castles and towns of France, via the Middle East and ending in the United States today.


   Along the way, the book tells how the story of Magna Carta has sometimes been misinterpreted. The notion that King John was an unredeemed tyrant, the barons champions of civil liberty, and the 1215 Magna Carta the foundation of democracy and universal freedom, is a myth. The true story is much more intriguing than a simple fiction of good defeating evil. And the author tries to answer one of the great mysteries about the Charter: why today is it much more enthusiastically revered in America than it is in the country of its origin?


    Magna Carta in 20 Places has a light touch, a direct style, is entertaining as well as informative, and always maintains strict historical accuracy.


 Click here for the full historic journey



UK's biggest history publisher in deal for Magna Carta book


  Mark Beynon, the Commisioning Editor of The History Press, which publishes 500 specialist and popular history books a year, described Magna Carta in 20 Places as 'unique' and 'far and away the most interesting book' he'd seen on the Great Charter.


  The History Press will publish Derek's book in May 2015

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His latest book

Magna Carta

in 20 Places 

will be published

in May 2015

to coincide with

the 800th anniversary

of the Great Charter