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Tony R. Cox is an ex-journalist and public relations consultant. His real name is Richard Cox.
In 1970 he became a reporter at the Derby Evening Telegraph, learning the basics of a profession steeped in the technology of hot metal presses and ancient typewriters. He moved to the Nottingham Evening Post in 1978 and was appointed Business Editor. In the mid ‘80s he ‘jumped ship’ to public relations and ended up running his own business-to-business consultancy.
Why write about the 1970s?
The Simon Jardine thrillers are set, chronologically from about 1971. This was, I believe, the beginning of the end of the great era of regional newspapers. Advertising allowed Editors to fund investigative journalism and high quality photography, editing and sub-editing. Newspapers were also able to invest in music reviews – including the zenith of rock ‘n roll.
‘The Pill’ allowed women to take control of their lives in a way none had dreamed of.
The London drugs scene, accelerated by freedom to move around and more money, journeyed to the provinces and found a welcoming home.

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