Brighton in fiction

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The British city of Brighton has featured in the many works of fiction, and other genres of popular culture, such as the following:


Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Brighton Darkness (2015)
Nick & Greg (2016)
Time of Obsessions (2017)
Nick's House (2018)
Stephen Dearsley's Summer of Love (2013)
Blue Notes, Still Frames (2017)
Hilda Lessways
Sugar Rush
The Death of Bunny Munro
Orthodoxy (1908) features an English explorer who slightly miscalculated his course so as to plant the British flag on that barbaric temple which turned out to be the Pavilion at Brighton.
New Grub Street
Play to the End
Brighton Rock
Travels with My Aunt
Hangover Square
West Pier
The Golden Bowl
Dead Simple (2005)
Looking Good Dead (2006)
Not Dead Enough (2007)
Dead Man's Footsteps (2008)
Dead Tomorrow (2009)
Dead Like You (2010)
Dead Man's Grip (2011)
Not Dead Yet (2012)
Journal of an Urban Robinson Crusoe (2003) (ISBN 978-0-9528969-3-7)
Sweet Tooth
The Fall
As Good As It Gets
The Vending Machine of Justice
The Birthday Party
The Ghost of Fountain Lane
The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived (1995) features an unnamed seaside town on the south coast with two piers.
The Brightonomicon (2005)
Infernal Devices (2005)
The "Confessions of Georgia Nicolson" series
Limbo (2003) (ISBN 0-330-41161-6)
Breakfast In Brighton (ISBN 0-575-40201-6)
Girl, Online
Vanity Fair
You Can't Make Old Friends (2016) (ISBN 1540745732)
Choose Your Parents Wisely (2017) (ISBN 154511739X)
Settling Accounts: In at the Death - the final installment of the Southern Victory Series
Dirty Weekend


  • In Foyle's War Series Seven, Sgt. Milner accepts a promotion to Detective Inspector in Brighton. On multiple occasions he encounters Sam Stewart and Christopher Foyle in his jurisdiction, in connection with police cases.
  • In Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins, The Rev. W. Awdry's most popular railway character arrives on Sodor, claiming to come from Brighton. Thomas is based on the LB&SCR E2 class, built in the famous railway works.
  • Cuffs, BBC tv series (2015) about the police squad in Brighton.


"Brighton Rock" (1974) - song
"Pinball Wizard" (1969) - song
Quadrophenia (1973) - studio album, and the group's second rock opera. Its story involves social, musical and psychological happenings from an English teenage perspective, set in London and Brighton in 1965.
"Speak English" (2009) - song


  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008), Brighton Beach is the headstone for Soviet invasion of the British homeland. The Allied Commander, along with Giles Price, is tasked to repulse the Soviet invasion.


The fictional seaside town of Watermouth – the setting of Malcolm Bradbury's campus novel The History Man (1975) – bears a resemblance to Brighton.[citation needed]