I hope Brian Cox hasn't read this book !
It really is a very poorly written biography that completely fails to convey any coherent account of Cox's development as person, musician, scientist or stellar science broadcaster. I sincerely hope that Brian can at some stage find the time to write an autobiography, because I am certain his own writing will be far more insightful, entertaining and clear, and certainly less error-prone than this garbled offering from Ben Falk.
To choose just one from the many mistakes that Cox would have eliminated immediately had he been given the chance; Falk writes "It's not hard to see why he [Cox] was so buoyed by the news of a new earth-like planet [Kepler 22-b] discovered by CERN scientists." I think "astonished" would be a better adjective than "buoyed" to describe Cox's (and CERN and NASA's) likely reaction to that nonsense! Only a writer completely out of touch with even the popular-broadcast world of fundamental science could possibly have penned that line!
Falk is somewhat more convincing when dealing with the earlier non-academic phase of Cox's adult life, as keyboard player in the pop world for example, but all of his accounts are third-party, obtained from interviews with, or writings and tweetings of those who knew Cox at the time - there is no sign of any direct contact by the author himself with his subject. This has the unfortunate but predictable consequence of ensuring that one learns far more about (admittedly interesting) friends, family and colleagues of Cox than of the person himself - and it is a flaw that runs throughout the book.
Falk's writing is littered with inconsistencies that might have been eliminated by even half-competent editing (for the lack of which the publisher must bear main responsibility); for example, telling us in one place that Cox obtained his Physics degree at the University of Manchester, while in another having the undergraduate Cox supervised by an academic from a different University; also, describing how busy Cox was becoming a Particle Physicist at DESY in Hamburg, while, apparently at the same time, working "pretty much full time" for TV company TWI; no attempt is made by Falk to resolve or explain these contradictions.
Let's have an autobiography Brian - surely you must have finished filming Wonders of Life, and you have already co-discovered the Higgs - its the perfect time to save the rest of us from half-baked biographies of you :D