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Breakfast In Brighton: Adventures on the Edge of England Paperback – 20 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (20 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575402016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575402010
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brighton, the "antithesis of England" as Nigel Richardson describes it towards the beginning of his lyric to a unique town, Breakfast in Brighton: Adventures on the Edge of Britain. On the edge of England, certainly--Richardson makes much of his sea- front garret in a Regency square, café and pub life by the sea--but also Brighton as a place to live "on the edge": Richardson's Brighton is as much a state of mind as a geographical space, a refuge from the banality of everyday life. It's a fascinating tale, drawing on various real and mythic moments in Brighton's past (the Brighton Trunk Murders, the filming of Brighton Rock, the "Sea Monster" dredged up by fishermen in the mid-19th century) as well as the story of the painting which haunts this book: "Breakfast in Brighton", painted around 1950 by Edward le Bas. Inviting his readers to join him in his (visitor's) homage to the diversity, and exuberance, of the cultures around him-- "Brighton has a rare genius for moving with the times yet remaining the same", he muses on his journey through the North Laines--Richardson casts himself as a modern day flaneur, a man on the track of the history embedded in the fabric, and spectacle, of urban life. --Vicky Lebeau

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A hugely entertaining portrait of one of Britain's coolest towns.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "graemepc" on 4 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I picked up Nigel Richardson's 'Breakfast in Brighton' as I was leaving Brighton after my first visit. If I hadn't fell in love with the place anyway than this book reaffirmed it. As the train made slow progress back to London I felt like getting off and going back.
We see Brighton from every angle, historical and cultural and are left with an idea of the place as a way of life, a place of adventure and something that you can't get anywhere in England.
A very involving book -- like the other reviewer I was left hanging on for a resolution to the 'adventure' but maybe it wasn't necessary; maybe the story stops when you leave Brighton.
There are plenty of stories there to tell, and Richardson does a great job of telling them.
See you all in Brighton soon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book that covers many fascinating facts about Brighton's murky history. I have lived here for 4 years and it was an enlightening read - I certainly look around the streets with opened eyes (having learnt of the Trunk Murders etc...!) It's not a history book, though, as contempory Brighton is portrayed just as vividly and lovingly as the past. The author is obviously deeply in love with the place, as am I (and anyone else in their right mind should be). I have given 4 crowns instead of 5 because the ending trails off somewhat at a critical point the reader has been building up to throughout the book. Perhaps the author is planning a follow-up - I certainly hope so, but I felt rather cruelly let down!
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On a slow news day in August 2013, and according to a dubiously credible poll by travel website called Real Holiday Reports, Brighton and Hove was voted Britain's worst holiday resort. Some tourists accusing the city of being "too trendy" and too "full of bohemians and bad art". Yes, exactly! As Nigel Richardson explains with wit, charm and eloquence, it's all part of the myriad, enduring appeal of the city. Always the same, always different.

I adored this book. That said, it ticks all my boxes. History, and plenty of it: local, personal, social, and cultural. And it's mainly focussed on Brighton and Hove, one of my favourite places in the world, and a place I know very well indeed having lived here on and off since the early 1980s.

Nigel Richardson returned to Brighton and Hove after a gap of 20 years and attempted to capture the spirit of the place. He succeeded - and how. Lodging with a theatrical landlady he takes us through the city's mythology, landmarks, pubs, art, communities, murders, literature, diversity, architecture, and history, whilst also introducing us to some of his friends and other local characters. As a reasonably well informed resident, I found this book to be an engaging, meandering trove of triv. I felt sad as I reached the last few pages, wanting the book to last longer.

Nigel Richardson has also written another book about Soho - Dog Days In Soho: One Man's Adventures In Fifties Bohemia by Richardson, Nigel (2001). Soho is another part of England for which I hold a long and enduring fascination. I cannot wait to read it.
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