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Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women
 

Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women (Hardback)

By Riddell, Shona

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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 stories from around the world, such as the dramatic torching of Puysegur Po...int, 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.
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ISBN 9781925820621
Published AU 7 Oct 2020
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Format Hardback
Availability
95 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays

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ISBN-13 9781925820621
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Imprint Exisle Publishing
Published 7 Oct 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Riddell, Shona
Category World History
Maritime History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Australian
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade

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