Brian Slyfield, a native of Horsham, has long been fascinated by the people and events relating to its long history. After taking a degree in English at Manchester University he enjoyed a career in magazine publishing, and now, in retirement, has time to concentrate on the research and writing of books and articles of local appeal. Among other publications, he has produced a popular history of Horsham. He is editor of the Horsham Society Newsletter, which every month features material on the town's past, much of it written by him.
He is a keen collector of antiquarian books and pamphlets relating to Horsham and Sussex. His collection has become an invaluable research source. He lectures on local history and book collecting both at home and abroad. He was invited, for example, to give a series of talks in Horsham, Pennsylvania, on the origins of that township and its relationship with Horsham, Sussex.
Brian was born on 21 October 1941 and has two children by his first marriage. He is now married to Jill, and they live at Arun House, one of Horsham's historic houses, which dates back to 1541 and was once owned by the family of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.