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The Meaning of Night

A Confession

By Michael Cox

The Meaning of Night
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2006,
    672 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2007,
    704 pages.

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A story of murder, deceit, love, and revenge in Victorian England. First novel

The Meaning of Night is a true Victorian potboiler. The convoluted plot revolves around Edward, who introduces himself in the first line as a murderer, and is soon, by his own words, shown to be a morally compromised, monomaniac. Not the sort of person one would naturally feel sympathy for; but he is persuasive and strangely likeable in a rather unsavory sort of way; and, as his grievances are revealed, the reader can't help but feel a certain sympathy for him - according to the letter of the law his crimes are many but, morally speaking, one is left with the feeling that perhaps his only crime was the one to which he confesses in his opening sentence.

This is a book that you are likely to either love or hate. The four key pre-publication review sources in the USA all give it a "starred review", but ...

About the Author: Michael Cox was born in Northamptonshire in 1948. After graduating from Cambridge in 1971, he went into the music business as a songwriter and recording artist, releasing two albums and a number of singles for EMI under the name Matthew Ellis and a further album, as Obie Clayton, for the DJM label. In 1977, he took a job in publishing, with the Thorsons Publishing Group (now part of HarperCollins). In 1989, he joined Oxford University Press, where he became Senior Commissioning Editor of Reference Books. Since then he has published a number of books including widely respected anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories; The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories; and The Oxford Chronology of English Literature, a major scholarly resource containing ...

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