The extraordinary emergence of smuggling during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries forms much of the history of the coastline of the British Isles, and the traditional image of the fisherman-cum-smuggler has intrigued historians and fiction-writers alike for decades.
Richard Platt is a maritime historian who has written over 60 books. He has appeared in a Meridian TV series on smuggling, and on BBC's 'Inspirational Britain', as well as taking part in BBC radio's 'Kaleidoscope' and 'Word of Mouth'. More recently, he worked as a costume consultant for the Disney feature film 'Pirates of the Caribbean II'. He lives with his wife in Kent.