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Life of a Smuggler (Paperback)

Fact and Fiction

True Crime P&S History

By Helen Hollick
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 170
ISBN: 9781526727138
Published: 21st January 2019


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‘Brandy for the parson, baccy for the clerk…’

We have an image, mostly from movies and novels, of a tall ship riding gently at anchor in a moonlit, secluded bay with the ‘Gentleman’ cheerfully hauling kegs of brandy and tobacco ashore, then disappearing silently into the night shadows to hide their contraband from the excise men in a dark cave or a secret cellar.

But how much of the popular idea is fact and how much is fiction? Smuggling was big business – it still is – but who were these derring-do rebels of the past? Were smugglers regarded as the heroes of a community, or were they resented and feared? How effective were the men who tried to uphold the laws against smuggling?

It is all told in Ms Hollick's wonderful conversational style, which makes the reading experience feel rather like being invited into her kitchen and told these wonderful tales over a cup of tea (legally imported, unlike in the smuggling days!)

This book is informative and fun. Who could ask for more?

Read the full review here

Annie Whitehead, Blogger

As interviewed by

Talk Radio Europe, 29th January 2019

About Helen Hollick

Helen Hollick is a bestselling historical fiction author, with her books A Hollow Crown and Harold the King being published in both the UK and the US. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy, set in the fifth century, is widely acclaimed as a different telling of the Arthurian myth. The Sea Witch Voyages, a series of pirate-based, part fantasy, nautical adventures are popular on both sides of the Atlantic. She has written two non-fiction books, Pirates; Truth and Tale and co-wrote Discovering the Diamond with her editor, Jo Field, a short advice guide for new and novice writers who are interested in self-publishing. Life of a Smuggler is her first book with Pen and Sword.

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