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

The Wreckers refers to those denizens of Great Britain's rugged coastlines who salvaged cargo and parts from ships wrecked just off their shores. Which, as it turns out, was perfectly legal to do, and the salvage was often an important part of local economies. It was even rumored that some communities lured ships onto their rocks and rescued cargo before saving seamen. Bella Bathurst goes in search of history about the wreckers in different parts the country as well as try to determine if the practice continues today. Unsurprisingly, few people are willing to admit to the practice and whole communities claim to be slandered by rumors in the past. The Wreckers does provide an interesting insight to maritime history and the way of life along the coast. It's received positive reviews with the Seattle Times saying, "Filled with factual surprises and delivered with raconteurial zest, The Wreckers makes a perfect summer read."
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The Guardian review by Kathryn Hughes

New Zealand Herald review by Michele Hewitson

The Independent review by Bill Saunders

Scotland on Sunday review by James Wood

Seattle Times review by Michael Upchurch

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