The Meaning of Night

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 458 ratings

The Meaning of Night Publisher's Summary

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 listeners right up to its final thrilling revelation.

Includes an exclusive recorded interview with the author.

©2006 Michael Cox (P)2006 W F Howes Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • The Meaning of Night

    • By: Michael Cox
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great narration

    • By Amy Andrews on 07-02-08

    Regular price: $37.49

    • The Meaning of Night

    • A Confession
    • By: Michael Cox
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 110

    "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Almost but not quite....

    • By Booksmith on 10-13-06

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 2

    • The Glass of Time

    • A Novel
    • By: Michael Cox
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor. But she is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal and to set right a past injustice in which her own life is bound up. At Evenwood, she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Satisfying and Engaging

    • By L. Mansfield on 07-30-09

    Regular price: $34.99