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An enthralling history of Britain's historic rock lighthouses, exploring the enduring appeal of these magnificent, isolated sentinels.

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Born in Gloucester in 1988, Tom Nancollas is a writer and building conservationist based in London. After university, he joined English Heritage to work on church repair grants before moving on to the City of London and its historic townscape. Of Cornish ancestry, Tom maintained a love of seascapes during his work in the capital and became fascinated with offshore rock lighthouses, finding in them a new way of looking at buildings, heritage and, unexpectedly, family.

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A thrilling celebration...These monumental structures have saved countless lives and survived unimaginable natural forces, as well as the currents of political and governmental change. Their stories are more interesting than even I could have imagined -- Rebecca Armstrong * i newspaper *
This book is a hymn to the almost superhuman ingenuity, expertise and labour of the men who worked to made the wild seas safer * Guardian *
Meticulously-researched and fascinating ... Tom's love for structure and heritage, for intricate detailing and finishes, shines through * Irish Times *
A book to make you feel safe on a cold winter 's night. Pour yourself a glass of something warming, sit back and feel thankful you're not in one of these bizarre structures * Daily Mail *
Nancollas is intrepid and persistent. His book is a first-hand travel guide to seven places you almost certainly have no chance of ever visiting. -- Bella Bathurst * Spectator *
A watchful and meticulous writer...an expert on the construction and weathering of these unique buildings * TLS *
A deeply personal account, based on meticulous research - and I found it difficult to put down. Above all else, the author's affection and enthusiasm shine forth vividly -- Francis Pryor
With compelling narrative and fascinating historical anecdotes, Tom shines a spotlight on these little known but spectacular structures -- Roma Agrawal
Impassioned ... much more than a geeky history, it also helps us think anew about buildings, about heritage, and even about family * The Bookseller, Editor's Choice *
Eloquent and well researched ... Lighthouses will never look the same again * BBC CountryFile Magazine *
Intensely interesting * Engineering & Technology Magazine *

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