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Two lighthouses - Stroma in the Pentland Firth and Buchan Ness off the Aberdeenshire coast - were Orkney-born Margaret Aitken's life and home between 1954 and 1966, while her husband, Jimmy, was a lighthouse keeper. This is the story of the peculiar problems of everyday life which these strange homes threw up: shopping, cooking and keeping stores, having visitors and occupying leisure time - all acquired a new dimension. With just a handful of neighbours onStroma for comppany and a wild stretch of water separating the island from Caithness and Orkney, she and her husband became deeply interested in the natural history of their island home. She vividly recalls the abundant wildlife and flora and fauna around her and reveals much of the lore, legend and history of this now deserted island.

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'... a revealing insight into the daily responsibilities and relationships of those make sure the warning beam never falters... captivating, extremely informative' - The Orkney View '... an essential chapter in the history of the lighthouse service' - The Orcadian 'This is a book to treasure' - The Shetland Times
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Margaret Aitken was born in Kirkwall, Orkney and studied to be a teacher at Moray House, Edinburgh. After many years living in lighthouses, she was a teacher in Peterhead. She is now retired and lives in Cruden Bay. Ian MacInnes, the illustrator, was headmaster of Stromness Academy, Orkney, and has exhibited his work widely.

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  • PublisherCharles Skilton Ltd
  • Publication date1988
  • ISBN 10 028498776X
  • ISBN 13 9780284987761
  • BindingHardcover
  • Edition number1
  • Number of pages160
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: VG+/VG+/VG+. y First Edition. HARDBACK "HARD TO FIND," SHIPPED FROM THE UK* Edition: 1st. Thus. * Impression: 1st.* Date of Publication: 1988* Publisher: Albyn Press.* Binding and cover condition: Blue cloth, gilt title to spine. No bumps or rubs bu tslight lean to spine, no major faults. VG+* Jacket condition: Colour illustrated dust wrapper. NOT PRICE CLIPPED, showing shelf price of £7.95. Slight shelf wear to top & bottom edge and to head & tail of spine. In protective film library jacket. VG+* Contents condition: ex-library copy with the usual stamps & labels to prelims. Clean, crisp, tight and bright with very light reading wear, no marks to text. VG* Illustrations: B/w photos, prints and line drawings within text. Nice B/w vignettes by Ian Macinnes to Chapter heads.* Pages: 156 pp. text. iii pp. Blank pages at rear.* Description: Two lighthouses - Stroma in the Pentland Firth and Buchan Ness off the Aberdeenshire coast - and Orkney-born Margarete Aitken?s life while her husband was a lighthouse keeper between 1954 and 1966, form the background to this charmingly written autobiography. All over Britain lighthouses have been robotised. They may indeed disappear altogether if modern technology and satellite positioning become even more generally used. So this memoir is all the more fascinating as a piece of history.* A NEAR FINE copy with library stamps and light wear reducing it to VG+*. n. Seller Inventory # 3446

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