The Lightkeeper: A Memoir

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The author was one of Ireland's last lightkeepers. Until they were fully automated in the 1990s, he spent over 21 years tending to many lighthouses around the coast of Ireland. In this book, he recalls the thrills, trials, tragedies, triumphs and dangers of serving on lighthouses such as Bull Rock, Mizen Head, and the infamous Fastnet Rock.

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Gerry Butler is a former lightkeeper and Patricia Ahern is a full-time writer.

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"An extraordinary glimpse into both the daily life and the crisis moments of a stories profession." -- The Midwest Book Review "The Midwest Book Review"

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