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The judges have de­lib­er­ated and the se­crets are out – we can fi­nally an­nounce the fi­nal­ists for the fifth Cel­e­bra­tion of Sus­sex Life Awards.

Later this month Sus­sex Life takes over The Grand in Brighton for our an­nual awards cer­e­mony which cham­pi­ons the best in food and drink and hospi­tal­ity across the county. It’s al­ways a great night out – even with the worry that 2018 may be the year I can no longer fit into my din­ner jacket. And what is cen­tral to the night is the chance to re­ally show off the best of the county. There are al­ways new dis­cov­er­ies to be made, in­ter­est­ing sto­ries to hear and the chance to see the gen­uine joy on the win­ners’ faces.

But that’s all in the fu­ture – for now check out our nom­i­nated fi­nal­ists on pages 126 to 133 to get some in­spi­ra­tion for new favourite restau­rants, pubs and farm shops among oth­ers.

If there is a theme run­ning through this month’s mag­a­zine it is in­spi­ra­tion – from the 200-year-old night­mare which led one of the world’s best-loved hor­ror nov­els, Franken­stein (page 36), to the story of Lee Miller, the sur­re­al­ist pho­tog­ra­pher who has been re­dis­cov­ered and cham­pi­oned by sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions (page 32).

On top of that is the stir­ring tale of Lanc­ing’s trans­gen­der ac­tivist So­phie Cook who has opened minds on the foot­ball ter­races and at the bal­lot box (page 20).

Else­where Nione Meakin has ex­plored a For­est School near Am­ber­ley which aims to de­velop young minds in an en­vi­ron­ment out­side of a tra­di­tional church hall or nurs­ery (page 106). There’s the Rye pro­ducer who brought mu­si­cal phe­nom­e­non Wicked from Broad­way to the West End, and now on tour in time for Hal­loween (page 28). And our in­trepid ad­ven­turer Pete Wood­ward chal­lenges him­self to ride his bike be­tween Sus­sex’s two high­est points at Black Down and Ditch­ling Bea­con (page 112).

Ditch­ling is home to Katja Gar­rood, who shows us around her award-win­ning house and in­tro­duces two of the gi­ant snails in­vad­ing Brighton (page 140).

As the nights draw in there’s a bumper se­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs to keep the mem­o­ries of our glo­ri­ous sum­mer alive – in­clud­ing the win­ners of the BBC Sus­sex photo com­pe­ti­tion which I helped judge. It was a mem­o­rable morn­ing, work­ing through hun­dreds of im­ages of the county we love, to find those shots which sum up what Sus­sex is all about. Find the win­ners and run­ners-up from pages 12 to 15.

En­joy your Sus­sex life!

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