Tuesday, 29 May 2018

My Secret Brighton Guidebook is Here!

Hello lovely patient readers. Today, I have big news: I'm excited to share that my Secret Brighton guidebook is finally on the shelves! I’ve long loved JonGlez Publishing’s ‘secret
guides’ series (I’ve used the London, New York, Secret NY Hidden Bars and Restaurants, Brooklyn and Naples guides on trips to date), so was thrilled to be asked to write Secret Brighton.

I started discovering little-known Brighton a few years ago. I'd lived in the city for over 10 years, finished a job on a travel magazine, and needed a change. I didn't want to move though, so hatched a plan. I would get to know Brighton all over again; rediscover it with fresh eyes, away from my usual hang outs and the main sights, and write about mydiscoveries (among other cool finds like this and this and the odd snapshot of my life). Then I got the commission...

It took me a year to research and write, and I began by thinking about what would be 'secret' enough to include. I wanted someone who had l lived here their whole life to be able to discover something they didn't know about, and visitors to feel like they're getting an insider's perspective. Most all all I wanted to celebrate all those places in a community people pass by without giving a second thought... 

The result: a cool collection of 170 little-known, bizarre yet beguiling places in one beautiful gift-worthy book, spread across 7 chapters each with a handy map. Discover a subterranean cocktail bar in a smugglers' tunnel, a hidden city orchard, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, the city's only waterfall, to a miniature library in a fridge, a secret museum in a back-street chip shop, a hidden pet cemetery... There's also a fabulous little section on cafes, bars and restaurants at the back, too.

What I love most is the enticing front cover, the beautiful photography throughout – each entry has its own full-page photo to get you in the mood – that it's not so heavy you can't easily carry it around, is the kind of book you could buy just to read and would make the perfect present – as do all the guides.

So there you have it, fellow explorers – if you want to go off the beaten track in this seaside city, Secret Brighton written by me for JonGlez Publishing is out now. If you live in the US, it goes on sale in August.

Happy treasure hunting! If you've any questions, I'd love to hear :)

Psst: I'm planning a giveaway soon, so stay tuned!

Pssst. My secret guide to Brighton (that helped me get the book deal), Brighton's secret movie clubBrighton like a local...


  1. Wow, Ellie, congratulations! The guide (and the series) seems amazing. When I travel I'm always looking for something like this as most standard guides leave me absolutely uninspired. I hope you are savoring this moment, you've earned it! xo s.

  2. Yes, yes, yes Ellie! Well done, going to buy straight away and devour before my visit in August!
    Massive congratulations, hey, have a breather now, XX

    1. Thank you lovely! Hope you enjoy using it on your trip x

  3. YAAAY! Congratulations! It's available in Canada already and I just ordered it from Amazon.ca! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

    1. Is it? That's brilliant! Thank you SO much Chantal - you're my furthest away fan! I love it!

  4. Congratulations Ellie! I cannot put it down, a real page turner. As a long term resident of Brighton I am embarrassed to say I did not know half of the places you have revealed so THANK YOU! You aced it xx