Twelve Light Years

Twelve Light Years

by Margaret Aitken (Author), IanMacInnes (Illustrator)


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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Published: 30 Jun 2002

ISBN 10: 1841582239
ISBN 13: 9781841582238

Media Reviews
'... 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
Author Bio
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.