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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet Paperback – 1 Aug. 2019

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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 ―

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 ―

A watchful and meticulous writer...an expert on the construction and weathering of these unique buildings ―

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

About the Author

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, which were the subject of his critically acclaimed first book, Seashaken Houses, published in 2018.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (1 Aug. 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 184614938X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1846149382
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 340 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wounderful Book: a true maritime delight
By Dr Tolstoyevsky on 6 September 2019
What an absolutely delightful read! Although not a definitive history of lighthouses (which has been done elsewhere) the author a chosen to explore the history & background of a handful of significant rock lighthouses. Weaving a narrative that is part history, part story & part architecture, Mr Nancollas has produced a highly readable, informative & enjoyable book. I could almost hear, smell & see the ocean crashing against the window as I read this. I’d challenge you to find a more accessible & entertaining book on / about lighthouses. Honestly, this is a real treat & now that the winter is around the corner I cannot think of a better way of spending a dark & cold evening than sitting by the fire reading about lighthouses. Perhaps it’s just me but I feel there’s something incredibly British about lighthouses & in these turbulent Brexit times a book about lighthouses ‘looking out across the oceans, keeping British maritime travellers safe’ and reinforcing our ‘island mentality’ offered me something rock solid & reassuring...
However, regardless of how this made me feel, it truly is a wonderful & joyous read & I promise you that you’ll love it. Treat yourself & if (after you’ve read it) you disagree - let me know!
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