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I want to marry a lighthouse keeper. And live by the side of the sea. So says the old song, but Parker's 1975 portrait of a handful of these men and their families shows it to be a hard and solitary existence. A vocation more than simply a profession."--Library Journal.
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A splendid book which has enriched my understanding of human nature. -- Anthony Storr, The Sunday Times
Immediate, vivid and absorbing...one of the most fascinating social documents I have ever read. -- William Golding
It is one of the most compelling books I have ever read. -- Craig Brown, Today
More absorbing than most novels -- The Observer
Superb social documentary which is never short of humour. -- The Yorkshire Post
"Well yes, said the six-foot-two-inches-tall fifteen stone Principal Keeper, I suppose you could say it was a bit like that sometimes if you wanted to, yes. Specially if you were the sort of person who has a tendency to let little things worry you a bit. But very few towers actually fall down you know; we don’t lose a great number of keepers, least not in a normal week. Christ those cigars of yours stink; I’d worry more about dying from suffocation if you were with us on our tower than I would about being smashed to buggery by the sea.
Our tower’s only a small one; it’d have to be wouldn’t it otherwise I’d never fit in! Looking at the size of you I reckon we could squeeze you in somewhere if you wanted to come, so long as you wouldn’t mind sleeping in the cage with the budgie. So what if Trinity have turned you down a couple of times? That was last year and the year before wasn’t it? People come and people go; it was only a few weeks ago I heard they’d got someone new in there who’s breaking the news gently to them now that the twentieth century looks like it’s here to stay. Buy me another drink and I’ll tell you some more; and if anyone reprimands me for inviting you to come on our lighthouse I’ll say I was under the influence of alcohol. I’ll have one of those cigars in self-defence. Fucking hell, I thought I was a hard man; you mean you actually smoke those for pleasure? Jesus Christ."
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Book Description London: Hutchinson, 1975. 1st printing of 1st edition.. Parker spent 5 weeks in various lighthouses living with & interviewing lightkeepers and their families Slight edgewear on bottom edge otherwise near Fine hard cover book/ edgewear otherwise dust jacket spine ends otherwise very good+ price clipped dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 605918
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR002669376
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR003886938
Book Description Hardcover May 05, 1975. Condition: Used: Good. Ex-library book, usual markings. Hardback with dust cover. Clean text, sound binding. First non-text page removed by library. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Seller Inventory # M03_5713_HX_09/17
Book Description Hutchinson, United Kingdom, 1975. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. previous owner stamp FFEP, 288 pages. Seller Inventory # 101977
Book Description Hardcover May 05, 1975. Condition: Used: Very Good. Very clean, Ex University library, Hardcover, with dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 0903GL8WSF7
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The study of a vanished world. British off-shore lighthouses are no longer manned by teams of keepers. Instead, they are electronically controlled from the shore. Parker writes about the people who used to do this work manually in lonely, dangerous and sometimes frightening conditions. He tells the stories of te keepers and their families - their hopes and fears, their motives for doing the work they did, their feelings about the lighthouse service and the effect the work had on their relationships. He is especially good on the way separation shaped the lives of maried couples who were often parted for months at a time while husbands tended their lights and wives stayed on shore. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 042868
Book Description Hutchinson, London, United Kingdom, 1975. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 288 pages. This publication tells the story of the lighthouse through interviews with keepers of land lights, rock lights and tower lights, describing their hopes and fears, attitudes of mind and solitude. A very interesting story. This book is in very good condition in the jacket with some minor shelfwear. Seller Inventory # 306766
Book Description Hutchinson, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Good. PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE ORDERING THIS BOOK TO CONFIRM BOOK CONDITION AND EDITION (most of our books are 1st editions). We can send you photos of this book with a detailed description . Seller Inventory # 22744