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."
A cold October night, 1854. In a dark passageway, an innocent man is stabbed to death.
So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver, book lover, scholar and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness. This seems the stuff of dreams, until a chance discovery convinces Glyver that he was right: greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. And he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he now knows is rightfully his.
Glyver`s path leads him from the depths of Victorian London, with its foggy streets, brothels and opium dens, to Evenwood, one of England`s most enchanting country houses. His is a story of betrayal and treachery, of death and delusion, of ruthless obsession and ambition. And at every turn, driving Glyver irresistibly onwards, is his deadly rival: the poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.
Thirty years in the writing, THE MEANING OF NIGHT is a stunning achievement. Full of drama and passion, it is an enthralling novel that will captivate readers right up to its final thrilling revelation.
|Publication date:||12th July 2007|
|Publisher:||John Murray General Publishing Division|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
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 â€“ where The Meaning of Night is partly set â€“ with his wife.More About Michael Cox