Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women (Hardback)Shona Riddell (author)
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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 true stories from around the world, chronicling the lives of the extraordinary women who mind the world's storm-battered towers.
From Hannah Sutton and her partner Grant, the two caretakers living alone on Tasmania's wild Maatsuyker Island, to Karen Zacharuk, the keeper in charge of Cape Beale on Canada's Vancouver Island, where bears, cougars and wolves roam, the lives of lighthouse women are not for the faint of heart. Stunning photographs from throughout history accompany accounts of the dramatic torching of Puysegur Point, one of NZ's most inhospitable lighthouses; 'haunted' lighthouses in across the US and their tragic tales; 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 our imagination and inspire.
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
An easy read, but not at all lightweight; it is painstakingly researched, attractively illustrated and thoroughly referenced. This fascinating book is highly recommended. * Signals Magazine, Published by the Australian National Maritime Museum *
This is a book that celebrates women's capability and determination while maintaining a sense of humour and humanity about its subjects. The lives of the lighthouse women were and are extraordinary and so is this treasury of their stories. * Kete Books *
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