David begin his writing career creating the popular Cheeky Guides series. He co-wrote The Cheeky Guides to Brighton, Oxford, Love, Student Life and Walks in Brighton and Sussex. He has also written books for Penguin, Harper Collins and DK, on subjects ranging from difficult words to alcohol.

After spending a year visiting some of the world's most extraordinary communities he returned to pen his travel memoir, The No.9 Bus to Utopia (Unbound/Penguin Random House). In 2016 his occult memoir The Haunted Moustache was published by Nightfinch Books. The same year he co-authored The Odditorium (Brewers), which was a number one bestseller in the Amazon charts for History and Comedy. He is currently writing a new book, Mysterium, exploring modern mysteries.   

As a freelance writer David has written features for The Idler, Ernest Journal, Psychologies, The Independent, E&T and Hack Circus. He was also one of the collaborators on Brighton: The Graphic Novel. 


The Haunted Moustache is a beautiful demonstration of how beautifully the mechanism of reality functions, if you’re paying sufficient attention. Neurologically, this book will light you up like a Christmas Tree.
— Alan Moore
Number 9 Bus to Utopia is a warm, funny, and oddly moving book. Dr Bramwell’s personal odyssey of bewildered self-discovery brilliantly captures the eternal lure or stepping off the established path and wandering through the forest - when you don’t know where you are going, you are never bored. Highly recommended.
— John Higgs, author of KLF, The Band Who Burned A Million Pounds
i love this book. A brilliant read.
— Chris Evans, Radio 2 Breakfast Show (For The Odditorium)
A heartbroken hero goes in search of Utopia and discovers himself. I loved this book - warm, funny and enlightening, the perfect book to read when you want to indulge your fantasy of ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ only to discover that the place transformation is right here, right now.
— Suzy Greaves, editor Psychologies
This book, that I approached with caution, turns out to be magnificent. Tested it with the Moondog entry. Passed A+
— Danny Baker, BBC Radio 5Live (For The Odditorium)
Anarchic, fun and quietly paternal
— Daily Telegraph (Cheeky Guide to Student Life)
David is a true philosopher. Packed with gags, wisdom and pathos, this really is a must-read.
— The Idler's Tom Hodgkinson (For The No9 Bus to Utopia)
I love this book, its cutting observation tempered by an affection and openness to his fellow travellers is as compassionate as it is funny. David Bramwell has written a very important book pretending to be otherwise.
— Tim Smit, Eden Project (For The No9 Bus to Utopia)
Amusing and illuminating. Bramwell moves through the various attempts at utopia like a spiritually questing Arthur Dent – a seeker, as his late friend Ken Campbell said, but one with a sense of humour.
— Marcus O'Dair, author of the Robert Wyatt biography, Different Every Time
One of the best non-fiction books I read in 2014 (and I read a lot) – David Bramwell’s worldwide search for the perfect community is honest, charming, revelatory and often hilarious. A real eye-opener.
— Stevyn Colgan, QI elf