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.

9 thoughts on “Home”

      1. Hello David.
        Please tell me: 1. Which band; and 2. When.
        I have loads of cuttings from those heady days, so I may be able to dig it out.

      2. Ouch. Sorry it’s taken so long to reply. I thought the comment was to Richard Latham.
        The answer is that I need a date for the gig – and preferably the name of your band.
        Cheers, Richard

  1. I have read Tony’s first two novels. They are good. Highly recommended. Buy them!

    I am now looking forward to his third novel, ‘Vinyl Junkie’.

  2. Having read all three of the simon Jardine novels which are superb I live in ilkeston and was a young man in the 1970s so I can relate to the Times these novels are set and the areas were they are set more of the same please.

  3. Just finished reading “Fatal Drug” whilst on holiday in Thailand. A great read that kept me enthralled right to the very last page. Can’t wait to get stuck into another Simon Jardine escapade

  4. Hi Tony , hope you are O.K after your surgery, anyway I have some news for you. I used to go to St Joseph primary school with Peter Conway, who is a cousin of Paul Conway, being a relative, he should be able to tell you what happened to Paul.
    I found him on the web, the photo I saw, was without a doubt him. Just type in Peter Conway, Derby and who will be able to contact him through Linked In. Cheers Joe

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