‘Left-wing but not too preachy’ – Financial Times.
Writer and lecturer, born in Camberwell, London in 1987.
Author of Island Story: Journeys Through Unfamilar Britain (Repeater Books, 2016), longlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017.
It relates four months cycling across the British Isles, based on the popular Searching for Albion blog. Described by Anna Minton as ‘a beautifully written account of a journey around contemporary Britain which is both political and poetic – a rare combination’.
Previous to this, I wrote Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era, (Zero, 2013). Paul Mason said it ‘represents a new generation of critique by what I’ve termed graduates without a future. Taylor brings together incisive and provocative analysis alongside personal experience … In a time of economic meltdown and mass struggle, this book offers one way out of the current crisis.’
I lecture in history at Goldsmiths, University of London. I also teach philosophy at the Mary Ward Centre, London, and have previously taught at the University of Roehampton. In May 2017 I got a PhD in philosophy after I defended a thesis titled ‘Freedom, Power and Collective Desire in Spinoza’, with no corrections.
I’ve published little pieces in the New Statesman, Fair Observer, Review 31, Dust Magazine, Roar, OpenDemocracy, and Nyx, a Noctournal. I’ve been invited to speak on shows like Radio 4’s Moral Maze, Open Country, and Making History programme, as well as the People’s Parliament, House of Commons, and the OECD Forum in June 2017.