Secret Llandudno offers a unique insight into the `Queen of the Welsh Resorts' through a series of little-known and forgotten stories, facts and anecdotes. Local author and historian John Lawson-Reay takes the reader on a fascinating journey from prehistoric times to the present day, blending dark deeds and strange tales from Llandudno's long and often unlikely past, as well as introducing us to some interesting characters along the way, from the Queen of Romania to a former Australian prime minister and from Buffalo Bill to Alice in Wonderland. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, the book delves beneath the surface of this ever-popular North Wales seaside resort, revealing a lesser-known history that most local people don't know.
John Lawson-Reay was a self employed freelance press photographer and film maker in Llandudno and worked as a contractor to BBC TV for 37 years, twice winning Royal TV Society awards. He is Chairman of the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay History Society and a trustee of Llandudno museum and lectures on local history as well as writing a monthly column for the North Wales Weekly News.