The book is the first authoritative, illustrated, full-length account of smuggling and related activities in Wirral. Covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it represents the first book-length account concerning this important chapter in Wirral's heritage. Not only does it describe familiar facts in great detail - Mother Redcap and her smugglers' tavern on the Wallasey shore, the labyrinth of smugglers' tunnels stretching from the Red Noses in New Brighton throughout Wallasey, and the wreckers who used to prey upon Liverpool-bound shipping - it also covers the less well-known aspects of Wirral's piratical past, including smuggling in Parkgate and Heswall, and the swashbuckling adventures of Captain Fortunatus Wright - the Wallasey privateer.
Gavin Chappell was raised by a pack of friendly cats in suburban England and now lives near Liverpool.
After studying English at the University of Wales, he went on to work in leisure before he drifted into teaching and spent the next decade trying to drift out again.
He is editor of Schlock! Webzine (www.schlock.co.uk). Someone has to be.