Guiding Lights

The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women

Guiding Lights The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women
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Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9781925820621
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Description

Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping. Yet most of their stories are little-known.

Guiding Lights includes stories from around the world, such as the dramatic torching of Puysegur Point, one of New Zealand’s most inhospitable lighthouses; the two caretakers living alone on Tasmania’s wild Maatsuyker Island; the female keeper in charge of Cape Beale on Canada’s Vancouver Island (the station receives visits from bears, cougars and wolves); several ‘haunted’ lighthouses in various US states with tragic tales; the despotic keeper on Clipperton Island, a tiny atoll far off the coast of Mexico; lighthouse accidents and emergencies around the world; and two of the world’s most legendary lighthouse women: Ida Lewis (US) and Grace Darling (UK), who risked their lives to save others.

The book also explores our dual perception of lighthouses: are they comforting and romantic beacons symbolising hope and trust, or storm-lashed and forbidding towers with echoes of lonely, mad keepers? Whatever our perception, stories of women’s courage and dedication in minding the lights — then and now — continue to capture the public’s imagination and inspire us.

The author

Shona Riddell has a long-held fascination with lighthouses. A writer for 20 years (including her subantarctic history book Trial of Strength with Exisle Publishing), Shona lives with her husband and two daughters in Wellington, New Zealand. She enjoys cold, windy weather and stories about remote locations.

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Specs

Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9781925820621
Illustrations: 100 color & b-w illustrations
Size: 6 in x 9 in / 152.4 mm x 228.6 mm
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