Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women

Author(s): Shona Riddell


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.


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General Fields

  • : 9781925820621
  • : Exisle Publishing Limited
  • : Exisle Publishing (New Zealand)
  • : 0.725748
  • : August 2020
  • : {"length"=>["22.9"], "width"=>["15.2"], "units"=>["Centimeters"]}
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shona Riddell
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 387.1550922
  • : 256