Notable OBs

The history of the College would be non-existant without the stories of its alumni who were educated and grew up within its walls. It is people who make the College what it is today, and we are proud to share with you a few stories below of what our alumni have achieved throughout the College's 172 year history. 

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The Old Brightonians are sad to report that Peter Gareth Mayle (Ha. 1952-56) - author of many bestsellers including "A Year in Provence" and "Wicked Willie", has died after a brief illness in a hospital near his home in the south of France.

An expert on the brains of flies, cockroaches, and crayfish, elected in 2002 to the Fellowship of the Royal Society...

William Leith is a journalist who has written about subjects as diverse as cosmetic surgery, Palestine, Hollywood directors, and drugs. His first book, The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2005... nominated by James Brenan (S. 1972-77)

Jamie Thomson (H. 1972-75), author, games designer and all round creative gem recently won the Roald Dahl Prize for his wonderful book "Dark Lord: Teenage Years". Born in Iran, Jamie then grew up in Brighton where he met one of his co-authors Mark Smith (B. 1972-77) at school at Brighton College. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in politics and government.

Art

Born: 14 November 1945, Esher, Surrey, UK - Internationaly renowned environmental sculptor with a career spanning 30 years.

Following much encouragement from the music department during her time at Brighton College, Nina now continues to write music for film and television.

Geoffrey Hett (5 March 1909 – November 1988) was a British fencer.

Dr Ayan Panja is one of the UK's most well respected media doctors.

Author and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, 2005, Segun Afolabi is the author of the short story collection “A Life Elsewhere” and the novel “Goodbye Lucille”.

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