Paperback 319pp Illustrated
9781445643656   Product Code: 23357
'Brandy for the parson, 'baccy for the clerk...' The 'gentlemen' of Kipling's A Smuggler's Song embody the popular romantic view of practitioners of what others called 'that infamous traffick'. This book charts the history of contraband, from its rise in the 18th century, when heavy import duties made it highly lucrative, to its bloody suppression in the 1830s. It includes the exploits of the Hawkhurst gang, notorious for dealing in corruption, terrorism and murder.