Sara Sheridan

Photo:Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan

Daily Record

Photo:Now known as The Foundry

Now known as The Foundry

Photo:Brighton Station, Summer 1952

Brighton Station, Summer 1952

Photo by Peter Bailey

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Sara Sheridan' page

By Holly

It was a bright and sunny day at the end of July. I was on the bus to Brighton town centre to meet Sara Sheridan, an author who writes about 1950's Brighton. She had kindly agreed to do a piece for the Old Police Cells Museum about her research and books around the history of the Brighton Police.

Sara’s books Brighton Belle and London Calling follow the life of an ex-world war two intelligence officer Mirabelle Bevan, who is living in post war Brighton and uses her intelligence skills to help her friends and colleagues when they find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

I met Sara and two other volunteers outside a pub near Brighton station. The plan was to walk around Brighton, recording some local shots and do a full camera interview which would later be edited together.  After taking some shots round the North Laines we sat down to do an interview in a quite spot.

One of Sara’s other jobs while in Brighton was to visit Waterstone’s and City Books to do a mini book signing. We accompanied her to City Books to get some additional footage and to take some photos for the museum's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Overall the day was a success. We got some great footage to make a short film on Brighton’s police history and Sara’s research, which will be making it to Youtube very soon. Not only did we create a one off video but a museum-author friendship that I can see working for a while.


Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Sara Sheridan' page


 Brighton Belle and London Calling by Sara Sheridan







  " Having expected to do a conventional 'author interview' of the kind that I had done many times before on BBC radio, here was Sara giving us very much more. She walked and talked us through a lively and evocative guide to some of the features of Brighton that are key to her books about the 1950s.  We filmed this little documentary in just a few hours, straight from Sara getting off the train from Scotland.  No script, no rehearsals ... I was very impressed!"

                                          Ian Collington

Sara talks to Ian Collington   An OPCM Production


Brighton Belle by Sara Sheridan, the first Mirabelle Bevan Mystery

Sara Sheridan on Bloody Scotland and the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries 

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Sara Sheridan' page

Author interview with Sara Sheridan



Massive thanks to Sara whose latest Mirabelle Bevan Mystery hits the streets shortly.

Set during the summer heatwave of 1953, England Expects finds Mirabelle and Vesta investigating the seemingly unrelated murders of a racing journalist and a cleaning woman. Their searches lead them through Brighton Pavilion's crumbling passageways to the quad of a Cambridge college and finally into the shady underworld of Brighton freemasonry. And, while not on the murder trail, Vesta has to make some difficult decisions about her personal life. 



This page was added by Paul Beaken on 03/11/2013.