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The Lighthouse Stevensons By Bella Bathurst

The Lighthouse Stevensons
by Bella Bathurst

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The epic story of how Robert Louis Stevenson's ancestors built the lighthouses of the Scottish coast against impossible odds.

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The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst

The epic story of how Robert Louis Stevenson's ancestors built the lighthouses of the Scottish coast 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 puts into writing, his ancestors put into lighting the darkness of the seas. ,The Lighthouse Stevensons, is a story of high endeavour, beautifully told; indeed, Bella Bathurst writes like a dream and this should be one of the most celebrated books of the season. As one reads the mesmerising account of the establishing of the Bell Rock lighthouse one almost feels the floor swinging like the sea beneath one; as a unique history that evokes the exact feel of time and place it is quite exceptional.

`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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About Bella Bathurst

Bella Bathurst is a freelance journalist whose portfolio includes work for the `Observer', `Telegraph', `Sunday Telegraph', `Independent on Sunday', `Guardian', `Scotsman' and `Scotland on Sunday'. Her first novel `Special' was published in 2003 and `The Wreckers' in 2005.

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The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst
Bella Bathurst
Used - Very Good
HarperCollins Publishers
Winner of Somerset Maugham Award 2000 Short-listed for Guardian First Book Award 1999
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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