The Meaning of Night

The Meaning of Night

A Confession

By Michael Cox

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393330342, 703pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2007


"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (Booklist, starred review) and "ingenious" (Boston Globe) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness. A chance discovery convinces him that he was right: greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

Glyver's path to reclaim his prize leads him from the depths of Victorian London, with its foggy streets, brothels, and opium dens, to Evenwood, one of England's most beautiful and enchanting country houses, and finally to a consuming love for the beautiful but enigmatic Emily Carteret. His is a story of betrayal and treachery, of death and delusion, of ruthless obsession and ambition. And at every turn, driving Glyver irresistibly onward, is his deadly rival: the poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.

The Meaning of Night is an enthralling novel that will captivate readers right up to its final thrilling revelation.

About the Author
Michael Cox first discovered the townlands of Edymore and Cavanalee 50 years ago when he installed milking machines on two farms there. After his marriage a few years later, he and his wife moved to Edymore, staying there for over 20 years. In the 1960s he started to explore the history of the townlands following the discovery of old maps of the district among the Abercorn Papers at PRONI. After moving to Scotland he continued his research during annual visits to the Strabane district. He was later persuaded by two friends, both Ulster local historians, to write down the story of the two townlands.