The Smugglers' Banker reveals for the first time the full story of Zephaniah Job, the remarkable Cornishman who not only masterminded the flourishing contraband trade in Polperro during the Napoleonic wars but also the privateers whose adventures during the wars with France and Spain led to the capture of handsome prizes. Job's flair for business, his association with the Trelawny family and links with those engaged in the smuggling trade brought lasting prosperity to the inhabitants of this remote Cornish fishing village at the end of the 18th century. This exciting and very readable biography, full of new revelations of one of the most extraordinary figures in Cornish history and packed with details of Polperro families of the period, will delight both local historians and visitors to the area.
"This book reveals a great deal about a number of Cornish families. Essential for historians and a delightful insight for visitors and locals alike." Cornish World
"Absorbing biography" Western Morning News
Jeremy Rowett Johns is a publisher and author of four books on smuggling and the history of Polperro, a small fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall where his ancestors once lived
Polperro Heritage Press
Polperro Heritage Press is an independent British publisher, established in 1995. Recent titles from Polperro Press have included biographies, guides and a growing list of Cornish local history titles.