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Brighton woman creates Brighton map of Nick Cave novel
Ever thought your street, park or local pub would make the ideal location for a gripping novel? Well it might already be.
And you can now find out thanks to the efforts of one Nick Cave fan.
Myfanwy Nixon, of Queen’s Park, Brighton, decided to map out the location of every local reference in the Australian singer’s second novel, The Death Of Bunny Munro.
The 43-year-old said: “It was my second time of reading it and thought it would be a nice thing to do.
“I had one woman contact me to say that she never thought of going to Brighton for a visit but would now.
“So I think I’ve done my bit for the local economy.”
It took Myfanwy four hours to jot down all the local references and put them into a Google Map of the area.
For example, chapter three, page 20, refers to the Embassy Court in Kingsway. “He sees a weird, veiled chick in a bikini with a Victorian bustle and then waves at a cute little junkie who looks a lot like Avril Lavigne (same black eyeliner), sitting on a pile of Big Issues in the doorway of the crumbling Embassy apartments.”
Other references include a picnic at Adelaide Crescent, a Sunday service in St Nicholas Church in Portslade, a trip to the Wick Inn on Western Road, a visit to the Royal Sussex Hospital and a night out at the Funky Buddha Lounge bar on the seafront.
The book tells the story of a womaniser who goes on a road trip to Brighton after his wife commits suicide.
However, his visit also coincides with that of a serial killer.
Other local references include playing on the swings in St Ann’s Well Gardens, a trip to the Booth Museum, in Dyke Road and getting kicked out of McDonalds on Western Road.
Myfanwy, who confesses to being a big Nick Cave fan, added: “I think it is great that he has decided to set a book here. However, it’s certainly not one to read if you scare easily.
“It is great credit to Brighton and Hove that he has managed to settle here in relative peace and quiet.”
Myfanwy’s map can be found on her blog at: mockduck.livejournal.com.