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Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper (Paperback)
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Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 31/05/2004
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When Peter Hill, a student at Dundee College of Art, answered an advert in The Scotsman seeking lighthouse keepers, little did he imagine that within a month he would be living with three men he didn't know in a lighthouse on Pladda, a small remote island off the west coast of Scotland. Hill was nineteen, it was 1973 and, with his head fed by Vietnam, Zappa, Kerouac, Vonnegut, Watergate and Coronation Street, he spent six months on various lighthouses, "keeping" with all manner of unusual and fascinating people. Within thirty years this way of life was to have disappeared entirely. The resulting book is a charming and beautifully written memoir that is not only a heartfelt lament for Hill's own youth and innocence but also for a simpler and more honest age.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781841954998
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
Edition: Main


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What makes Stargazing such a beautiful book is that it is more than an elegy to a vanished profession. It is a elegy to youth and to the constellation of dreams, ambitions and anxieties that is more intense at 19 than it can ever be again. * * Sunday Herald * *
Both an elegy to an extinct way of life and a tribute to the spirit and expertise of the men who embodied this romance of sea and sky. * * The Observer * *
Few of these books, however, are as wistfully evocative or as thoughtful as Hill's Stargazing. * * The Independent * *
A passionate account and a fine commemoration of the first profession ever to be made totally redundant. -- Bella Bathurst, author of "The Lighthouse Stevensons"
excellent * * The Scotsman Magazine * *

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“Highly recommended”

I loved everything about this book. The era, the style of writing, the subject. The author has beautifully covered a period in his life while simultaneously given an insight into a lost time - when lighthouses were... More

Paperback edition
30th January 2014
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“Fascinating memoir”

Hill has written a delightful memoir of the summer that he spent working on three lighthouses in 1973 on the coast of Scotland. After a conversation in a pub saying that this is something that he always wanted to do,... More

Paperback edition
14th June 2014
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“Stargazing”

This book is excellent; a real triumph for the author as he effortlessly conjures up his student days at Art School, Scottish lighthouses and the variety of extraordinary characters that he met during this time. His... More

Paperback edition
19th January 2009
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