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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, Spectator
  • A watchful and meticulous 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

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