The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas, False Lights and Plundered Ships

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Harper Perennial, 2006 - Pillage - 326 pages
A history of the drama and danger of wrecking since the eighteenth century - and the often grisly ingenuity of British wreckers, scavengers of the sea. A fine wreck has always represented sport, pleasure, treasure, and in many cases, the difference between living well and just getting by. In settings ranging from the Goodwin Sands to the wreck-strewn waters off the coast of Durham, these murky tales of resourcefulness and quick-witted opportunism open a vista of life at the rough edges.

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User Review  - KevinCannon1968 - LibraryThing

From Jamaica Inn to Poldark to Whiskey Galore I, like others, have seen the 'fictional' take on wreckers in the British Isles but never really knew what was fact and what was fiction. Secretly I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - MinaKelly - LibraryThing

A very readable romp around Britain's maritime history. Well referenced, though maybe not for the historian; instead, it's a deeply enjoyable exploration of the myths and facts surrounding our treacherous coasts and their inhabitants. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Bella Bathurst is a freelance journalist whose portfolio includes work for the Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. Her first book, The Lighthouse Stevensons: The Extraordinary Story of the Building of the Scottish Lighthouses by the Ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson, was widely acclaimed. She published her first novel 'Special' was published in 2003.

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