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The Lighthouse Stevensons

The Lighthouse Stevensons

A new edition of Bella Bathurst's epic story of Robert Louis Stevenson's ancestors and the building of the Scottish coastal lighthouses, against impossible odds.

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ISBN 9780007204434
Barcode 9780007204434
Published 7 March 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New title
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Author(s) By Bathurst, Bella
Series Stranger Than...
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ISBN-13 9780007204434
ISBN-10 0007204434
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPerennial
Publication Date 7 March 2005
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Bathurst, Bella
Series Stranger Than...
Category Family History
Maritime History
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 240g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Local History, Names & Genealogy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 387.1550922
Catalogue Code 49744

Description of this Book

An exciting new edition of Bella Bathurst's epic story of Robert Louis Stevenson's ancestors and the building of the Scottish coastal lighthouses against impossible odds. 'Whenever I smell salt water, I know that I am not far from one of the works of my ancestors,' wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in 1880. 'When the lights come out at sundown along the shores of Scotland, I am proud to think they burn more brightly for the genius of my father!' Robert Louis Stevenson was the most famous of the Stevensons, but not by any means the most productive. The Lighthouse Stevensons, all four generations of them, built every lighthouse round Scotland, were responsible for a slew of inventions in both construction and optics, and achieved feats of engineering in conditions that would be forbidding even today. The same driven energy which Robert Louis Stevenson put into writing, his ancestors put into lighting the darkness of the seas. The Lighthouse Stevensons is a story of high endeavour, beautifully told; indeed, this was one of the most celebrated works of historical biography in recent memory. 'My own interest in the Lighthouse Stevensons is threefold. Firstly, from the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson, who turned his family's trade into the raw gold of all his best fiction. Secondly, from various trips around Scotland. The country's coast is a mass of storm-beaten rocks and treacherous headlands on which even the seagulls have trouble landing. It is impossible not to speculate what combination of courage and skill built the lighthouses around such an environment. And thirdly, because somewhere in there, unrecognised and unsung, is the most wonderful story!'.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Deeply accomplished! this splendid book preserves the memory of great deeds performed in a heroic era' Frank McLynn, Sunday Times 'Bella Bathurst has built a lamp herself: it illuminates the work of a literary hero, a family business, a habit of mind and a Scottish period! from the summit of this first terrific book she looks to become one of the best biographers of her generation' Andrew O'Hagan, The Times 'An enthralling story, vivaciously recounted! These were epic and scarifying adventures, indicative of an age when the taming of nature was a philosophical given, its execution a religious passion' Alan Taylor, Observer 'This is a grand book doing for lighthouses what Dava Sobel's Longitude did for marine chronometers, and doing it, if comparisons are to be made, with considerably more panache' Nicholas Bagnall, Sunday Telegraph 'A fine and scrupulous book! Robert Louis Stevenson would have relished the tale' Ian Bell, Scotsman

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Author's Bio

Bella Bathurst is a freelance journalist. She has written for the Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.

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