In these days of ubiquitous, non-stop media and information you would think that there were few secrets anywhere left to reveal, but when it comes to Chatham there remain a surprising number of facts and idiosyncrasies that, over the years, have remained obscure. Secret Chatham is a journey through the past of this former Royal Dockyard home, unearthing many fascinating and little-known details about the Medway town that will entertain, inform and horrify visitors as well as its current inhabitants in equal measure, many of whom probably thought they knew it all. The book gives a unique perspective on the many less-obvious aspects of Chatham's history and will go a long way to explaining why today's town is as it is, and how it may develop in the future.
Philip MacDougall is a much published local historian who has written a number of books on subjects relating to the south of England. Living on the outskirts of Chichester, he has a special attachment to the city and several of his books look at various aspects of both the city and the surrounding area. In his own village of Chidham, which he has also written about, he is a parish councillor and active in local affairs.