Derby Day

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, D. J. Taylor's novel captures the Victorian passion for horse racing, as enthusiasts from every walk of life converge on Epsom Down one summer. Much rides on the performance of proven winner Tiberius, but "sporting gentleman" George Happerton secretly wants his horse to lose so that he can win big at the betting window. A gripping tale rife with romance and rivalry, period detail and Dickensian scope.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…