Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women (AU Edition)

May 4, 2021
Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women (AU Edition)

Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, fromtending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthousekeeping. Yet most of their stories are little known.Guiding Lights includes stories from around the worldspanning two millennia, as we discover the physical and mentalrisks of isolation, the heroism of the female keepers, how theycame to be hired (especially in the 19th century), and themysteries and legends that are inextricably part of lighthousehistory.‘Her richly illustrated book is a lively study of the ecologicaland human history of these wild but unquestionably fascinatingplaces. Riddell has a gift of revealing the personalities whoarrived — willingly or otherwise — on these remote shores.’— The Listener magazine