Guiding Lights

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The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women

Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping. Yet most of their stories are little known. Guiding Lights includes stories from around the world spanning two millennia, as we discover the physical and mental risks of isolation, the heroism of the female keepers, how they came to be hired (especially in the 19th century), and the mysteries and legends that are inextricably part of lighthouse history.

Specifications: 9781925820621 | Cased & Jacket | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6in | 256 pages

Shona Riddell has a long-held fascination with lighthouses. A writer for 20 years (including her subantarctic history book Trial of Strength with Exisle Publishing), Shona lives with her husband and two daughters in Wellington, New Zealand. She enjoys cold, windy weather and stories about remote locations.

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“a terrific book … about extraordinary women”. Click here to listen


The Senior reviewed
“Shona Riddell has a long-held fascination with lighthouses and her new book Guiding Lights The extraordinary lives of lighthouse women is a tribute to these amazing women from around the world and throughout the centuries.” Click here to read


The Australian – Travel Section  
“This past week I’ve been obsessed with reading Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women by Shona Riddell. Many of these doughty women did it tough, not just as helper to their lighthouse keeper spouse, but often running the show.”


Brisbane Courier Mail and Daily Telegraph Recommended in their Angela Loves column
“I am loving reading Shona Riddell’s Guiding Lights, a new book documenting the stories of women who have worked or lived in lighthouses”

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