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The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
  

The Meaning of Night

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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."

If you like Michael Cox you might also like to read books by Michel Faber, D J Taylor and Jed Rubenfeld.

Synopsis

The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox

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.

Reviews

'Unusual and remarkable... Key to the convincing nature of this confession is Cox's grasp of the minutiae of the times and the language of the period, so that the reader at times forgets this isn't a contemporary of Dickens' * South China Sunday Morning Post * 'A remarkably entertaining treat which begs comparison with the world of Patricia Highsmith' * Kirkus * 'This is a gripping page-turner for dark winter evenings' * Good Book Guide * 'Cox creates a strong sense of place, a complex narrative full of unexpectedly wicked twists, and a well-drawn cast of supporting characters. His language is mesmerizing, and his themes of betrayal, revenge, social stratification, sexual repression, and moral hypocrisy echo those of the great 19th-century novelists. Written in the tradition of Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White and Sarah Waters's Fingersmith, Cox's masterpiece is highly recommended for all fiction collections' * Library Journal * 'Impressively fluent first novel' * Sunday Telegraph * 'Resonant with echoes of Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, Cox's richly imagined thriller features an unreliable narrator, Edward Glyver, who opens his chilling 'confession'; with a cold-blooded account of an anonymous murder that he commits one night on the streets of l854 London...Cox's tale abounds with startling surprises that are made credible by its scrupulously researched background and details of everyday Victorian life. Its exemplary blend of intrigue, history and romance mark a stand-out literary debut' * Publishers Weekly * 'An enthralling journey into the depths of Victorian London and the psyche of a man obsessed, Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night will have you hooked from [the] stunning opening line to the thrilling final revelation' * InStyle * 'The pages teem with wit and erudition and the plot thickens like a good minestrone soup . . . Thrilling' * Courier Mail * 'A brooding, sinister work ... seeps with questions about good and evil, fate, inheritance, love and, above all, faith' * Scotsman * 'Like Charles Palliser, Michel Faber and Sarah Waters, Cox is making the Victorian era a switchback ride for the reader's mind... a rich and complicated tale ... a journey into darkness' * Independent * 'An unadulterated pleasure. In prose as flamboyant as a bespoke smoking jacket, Cox's metropolis comes to life, teeming with hearty whores and weasily clerks ... As thrilling as a Hansom cab chase and as guilty a pleasure as a nocturnal turn at a gentleman's introducing house ' * Independent on Sunday * 'A novel of fate and free will, forensic detection and blind love, crime and its justifications. The atmosphere crackles, but beneath all is a sly sense of humour. The plotting is second to non - a finely tuned yet extravagantly complex piece of clockwork' * Evening Standard * 'A handsome slice of Victoriana... a rewarding, sinister yarn wrapped around an austere meditation on fate, faith and privilege' * Observer * 'Spellbinding Victorian mystery . . .Dark atmospheric storytelling with wicked twists and turns' * Good Housekeeping * A tale of obsession, love and revenge, played out amid London's swirling smog ... Glyver is an outstanding creation ... Cox lovingly recreates the atmosphere of the period, from grand dinner parties to assignation with ladies of the night ... Yet he never allows period detail to swamp the human drama at the novel's heart' * Daily Mail *'


About the Author

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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Publication date

12th July 2007

Author

Michael Cox

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Publisher

John Murray General Publishing Division

Format

Paperback
608 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780719568374

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