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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

History , British History
Paperback Published on: 01/08/2019
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Seashaken Houses
Great little read
Read this book over two days and loved it. It has everything. A bit of history, a bit of architectural history and even a ghost story. Will also appeal to ... READ MORE
Caroline Hawkins at Barnstaple Shop
Seashaken Houses
Rich in History, Drenched in Atmosphere
A unique, personal history of humanity's rampant hubris to build where one absolutely should not build. The author has dared Britain's windswept seas and i... READ MORE
Michael at Glasgow Fort

Synopsis

Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for August 2019

Lighthouses are striking totems of our relationship to the sea. For many, they encapsulate a romantic vision of solitary homes amongst the waves, but their original purpose was much more utilitarian than that. Today we still depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships.

Nowhere is this truer than in the rock lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland which form a ring of twenty towers built between 1811 and 1904, so-called because they were constructed on desolate rock formations in the middle of the sea, and made of granite to withstand the power of its waves.

Seashaken Houses is a lyrical exploration of these singular towers, the people who risked their lives building and rebuilding them, those that inhabited their circular rooms, and the ways in which we value emblems of our history in a changing world.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781846149382
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm

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Seashaken Houses
Absorbing
The author's enthusiasm shines through. I've always been fascinated by lighthouses and their stories. This does not disappoint!
Stephen Masters
Seashaken Houses
an ode to rock lighthouses
I'm not going to lie, I probably wouldn't have thanked you for giving me a book on lighthouses... But, it is SUCH a pleasure to read. The history is fascin... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
Seashaken Houses
More of a Hymn than a History
Penguin classify this book as "history". That's fair enough: it is that - a history of a (relatively few) selected lighthouses - their building and their s... READ MORE
Chained Bear
Seashaken Houses
Suitably Seashaken
Good structure. I expected the book to be interesting, but repetitive. I was delighted to find that each chapter used a different lighthouse to address an ... READ MORE
Paul Rowbotham
Seashaken Houses
Telling of a lost existence
This is a readable story of the lost world of the manned rock lighthouse. There's stories of those who were there, those who built them and those who main... READ MORE
Devonpine
Seashaken Houses
A wonderful book
A book that transcends it's subject, a poetic elegy for a lost way of life celebrating a seemingly impossible undertaking: humans attempting to establish t... READ MORE
John Van Delden
Seashaken Houses
Fascinating book
Living in a coastal community lighthouses play a huge part of my life and as such they have always fascinated me. I found this book full of information but... READ MORE
Karen Sales