It’s a gripping tale of chaos on the high seas; of desperate men and exotic ports on Africa’s southern coast. Yes, the pirates have returned to stalk our harbours. Their flagship is the dreaded Transnet, and they fly no flag but the Jolly Cyril. Nobody is safe.

Of course, pirates have been preying on this country for centuries. Some of them have statues of themselves outside colleges in Oxford. Others have more modest memorials, such as firepools or hastily abandoned mansions in Saxonwold...

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