Names on the buses

640 Graham Greene

Connections with Brighton and Hove : One of the greatest English novelists of the last century, Greene had a long connection with Brighton and liked its raffish nature. He was born in 1904 and a central point in his life occurred in 1926 when he was converted to Catholicism. Many of his books harped on the themes of religion, guilt and a search for redemption. His works included The Power and the Glory, Our Man in Havana, The Heart of the Matter and The Quiet American. Brighton Rock, published in 1938, is among the best and most powerful of his novels. It depicts a seedy world of gangsters and lowlife in pre-war Brighton. There was a fuss from civic leaders when it appeared but this was nothing compared with the furore after the war when it was made into a film featuring the young Richard Attenborough. Councillors said it was disgraceful and unreal but as time went by, most people realised it was an accurate reflection of just one part of the resort. Greene often visited Brighton over the years although he did not live there. He died in 1991.

640 - Scania Omnidekka carried name since September 2004 on Coaster 12. Rebranded to Metro 25 livery in June 2008. Metro 25 branding removed August 2012.

Brighton Rock