Michael Cox - Author

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Michael Cox has been planning and drafting The Meaning of Night  for thirty years. He is a former editor at Oxford University Press and biographer of the ghost story writer M. R. James. His lifelong passion for Victorian literature led him to edit a number of collections of short fiction from the period, including The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories. He lives in rural Northamptonshire – where The Meaning of Night  is partly set – with his wife.

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The Meaning of Night

The Meaning of Night

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2007

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2006. With an opening line that instantly grabs the attention this book continues to hold ones focus with it’s story of revenge, murder, mystery and love. The author creates a brilliant back drop of Victorian London, you can just imagine seedy Dickens characters dodging about in the background, and new twists and pieces of action keep the attention locked on the story throughout the 600 pages. Truly evocative of the era with a fascinating and enigmatic murderer it’s quite an unputdownable read. Costa Book Awards 2006 Judges'comment: "Michael Cox's recreation of the underbelly of Victorian high society brings a great revenge tale to life. It is a powerful achievement of research, style and plotting."

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Zonal Marking

Zonal Marking

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2020

'A wonderful overview of tactical development in European football' Matthew Syed, The Times 'A fascinating assessment of football in 2019' Observer An insightful, comprehensive and always entertaining appreciation of how European football has developed over the last three decades by the author of the much heralded The Mixer. Continental football has always cast a spell over the imagination. From the attacking flair of Real Madrid of the 50s to the defensive brilliance of the Italians in the 60s and onto the total football of the Dutch in the 70s, the European leagues have been where the game has most evolved and taken its biggest steps forward. And over the last three decades, since the rebranding of the Champions League in 1992, that pattern has continued unabated, with each major European footballing nation playing its part in how the game's tactics have developed. From the intelligent use of space displayed by the phenomenal Ajax team of the early 90s, to the dominance of the highly strategic Italian league in the late 90s and onto the technical wizardry of Barcelona's tiki-taka, the European game continues to reinvent the tactical dimension of the game, creating blueprints which both club and national teams around the world strive to follow. In Zonal Marking, Michael Cox brilliantly investigates and analyses the major leagues around Europe over specific time periods and demonstrates the impact each has made on how the game is now played. Highly entertaining and packed full of wonderful anecdotes, this is the first book of its kind to take an overview of modern European football, and lays bare just how much the international language of football can be shaped by a nation's unique identity.

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically. And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence. The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson's directness to Keegan's relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho's cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri's counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

Mixer

Mixer

Author: Michael Cox Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/06/2017

An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically. And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence. The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson's directness to Keegan's relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho's cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri's counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

Bug Club Independent Non Fiction Year 4 Grey B Artists

Bug Club Independent Non Fiction Year 4 Grey B Artists

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2012

This books tells us about four of the most interesting artists from around the world: Leonardo da Vinci, Katsushika Hokusai, Rosa Bonheur and Barbara Hepworth. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 8-9 (Year 4) Book band: Grey B Phonics phase: N/A

ZSL Big Cats

ZSL Big Cats

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

This fearsomely gripping big cat catalogue is the first of a series of books looking at different animal groups, starting with Big Cats. This highly engaging information book makes the world of exotic animals accessible to young readers. Packed with amazing facts, stories and high interest information about each of the big cats covered, each spread is accompanied by quirky full-colour, annotated illustrations and amazing photography. Focusing on animals found at London and Whipsnade Zoos and in the wild, readers will learn everything about big cat characteristics, habitats, and where they are found. Each title will contain fascinating feature spreads including conservation information, evolution facts and animal atlases, as well as big cat statistics and quirky and amazing big cat facts. Book band: Dark Red Ideal for Age 10 - 11

Itchy Feet

Itchy Feet

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/2011

Itchy Feet by Michael Cox

Wild Things To Do With Woodlice

Wild Things To Do With Woodlice

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2010

Can't tell a blackbird from a blackberry, a butterfly from a buttercup or a hedgehog from a hedgerow? This action-packed book filled with nature activities, facts and tales will tell you everything you need to know about how to get stuck into nature. From how to stalk a shrew, make a bee barn, to how to take amazing phone-camera snaps, or construct a woodlouse maze out of Lego, this book is packed full of amazing nature activities for every day of the year. Also find out: Who kept a pocket full of toads; How best to watch woodlouse drinking through their bottoms; Who is famous for eating bowls of slug stew? Where to find the best live nature webcams and much, much more.

Nightmare at Trowser's Down

Nightmare at Trowser's Down

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2010

As soon as Tiffany sets eyes on Crumbling Cow cottage, she realises that moving there is the worst decision her parents have ever made. And she knows that sooner or later it will bring the whole family a lot of trouble. But what she doesn't know is just how terrible that trouble will be...and just how soon it will all begin!

The Glass of Time

The Glass of Time

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/07/2009

1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of lady's-maid. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de lOrme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanzas own closest interests are bound up. Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, enmeshing her in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that culminates in betrayal by those she trusted most. A sequel to the widely praised The Meaning of Night, The Glass of Time is a page-turning period mystery and a gripping novel about identity, obsession and secrets.

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2008

The thrill and chill of the ghost story is displayed in all its variety and vitality through this marvellous anthology. Ranging from the early 19th century to the 1960s, the collection reveals the development of the genre, and showcases many of its greatest expositors - from Sir Walter Scott, H. G. Wells, M. R. James, T. H. White, Walter de la Mare, and Elizabeth Bowen in the UK to Edith Wharton in America. Though its heyday coincided with the golden age of Empire in the nineteenth century, the ghost story enjoyed a second flowering between the two World Wars and its popularity is as great as ever.

How to Drink from a Frog

How to Drink from a Frog

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2008

How To Drink From a Frog weaves essential nutritional know-how into a humorous narrative packed with jokes, cartoons, recipes, quizzes and activities. From medieval table manners to surprising modern additives, the author takes an entertaining look at the history, geography and science of all things edible. Funny, fascinating and yucky food facts are combined with healthy eating information that every child needs to know. The engaging style will appeal to children who usually find healthy eating advice hard to digest.

Combustion Residues

Combustion Residues

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2008

The first book on novel products derived from the new generation of combustion ashes, Combustion Residues -Sustainable Applications discusses the nature of ashes derived from coal co-combustion, biomass, and other fuels in traditional and stand-alone power plants and municipal waste incinerators. In addition, the book examines the development of novel commercial products incorporating such ashes, including the importance of technical and environmental standards, marketing strategies, and promotion.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Balthasar - Baz - a Montague mob foot soldier and Romeo's right hand man - narrates the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. The story unfolds on a contemporary Nottingham estate, where trouble is brewing between the Montague Mob and the Capulet Crew. A contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, but there are still no happy endings...

Captain Codswallop and the Flying Kipper

Captain Codswallop and the Flying Kipper

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2006

This laugh-out-loud comic romp marks Michael Cox's debut on the A&C Black children's list. Captain Codswallop's pirate ship has been stolen by the ruthless highwayman, Dick Turnip. But it seems that Dick is even more incompetent than the captain and his hapless crew. However, the pirates get more than they bargained for when they find themselves head-to-head with the Spanish Armada.

Beyond the Cold War

Beyond the Cold War

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/1990

Since the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev, observers increasingly ask, Is the Cold War over? What do these changes mean for foreign policy? How confident can we be about anyone's ability to foresee the future? This volume brings together a representative group of interpreters of the Cold War to address some of the recurrent questions. Responses divide both scholars and politicians. Critics of the Bush administration charge it has shown more nostalgia for the familiar patterns of the Cold War than energy in responding to changes in Soviet-American relations. Serious scholars who often agree on foreign policy assessments differ on key issues concerning the end of the Cold War and what will take its place. Contributors: William D. Anderson, Clay Clemens, Michael Cox, Anton W. Deporte, R. Bates Gill, Norman Graebner, Sterling Kernek, Shao-Chuan Leng, Peter Rutland, Peter Shearman, Steve Smith, Jack Spence, and Kenneth W. Thompson. Co-Published with the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

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