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The Lamplighters

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Cornwall, 1972. Three keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse, miles from the shore. The entrance door is locked from the inside. The clocks have stopped. The Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a mighty storm, but the skies have been clear all week.

What happened to those three men, out on the tower? The heavy sea whispers their names. The tide shifts beneath the swell, drowning ghosts. Can their secrets ever be recovered from the waves?

Twenty years later, the women they left behind are still struggling to move on. Helen, Jenny and Michelle should have been united by the tragedy, but instead it drove them apart. And then a writer approaches them. He wants to give them a chance to tell their side of the story. But only in confronting their darkest fears can the truth begin to surface.

Inspired by real events, The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex is an intoxicating and suspenseful mystery, an unforgettable story of love and grief that explores the way our fears blur the line between the real and the imagined.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Emma
Stonex

Emma Stonex grew up in Northamptonshire, and worked as editor in a major publishing house before becoming a writer. The Lamplighters left harbor after a lifelong passion for lighthouses and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in the Southwest with her family.

Emma Stonex grew up in Northamptonshire, and worked as editor in a major publishing house before becoming a writer. The Lamplighters left harbor after a lifelong passion for lighthouses and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in the Southwest with her family.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This is such an engaging novel that defies categorisation – part a locked room mystery, part a study of isolation and told in such an unusual way that it’s mesmerising. The characters’ voices – from the Lamplighters themselves, to their grieving relatives – shine through. Highly recommended. Norfolk Library and Information Service, United Kingdom

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
04/03/2021
Country
United Kingdom
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Picador Pan Macmillan

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