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. / Remarkable, unique history, a magnificent and entrancing piece of writing / Sold over 13,000 in hardback and over 50,000 in the original paperback edition. / Received fantastically enthusiastic reviews across the board upon publication in 1999. / Publication will coincide with the hardback of Bathurst's highly anticipated new book, The Wreckers, assuring massive author coverage.
Bella Bathurst is a freelance journalist. She has written for the Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.
'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