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Life and Death on Little Ross


B O E K B E S P R E K I N G by : Frank NEYTS


Recently Whittles Publishing released a maritime title, “Life and Death on Little Ross. The story of an island, a lighthouse and its keepers.”, written by David R. Collin. Little Ross is an attractive and unspoiled island and its lighthouse, beautifully designed by the famous Stevenson family, is officially a ‘lesser’ light. The island was unknown to most people until 1960 when a murder in the lighthouse buildings brought it widespread notoriety, to the grief and consternation of all who were involved. The author was at the island on the day of the murder, and was a witness in the High Court trial that followed. Over the subsequent 57 years, he has repeatedly been asked to tell his story but the 117 years of diligent tending of the light by numerous lighthouse keepers and their families has been largely forgotten. In “Life and Death on Little Ross”, the author has redressed the balance by telling the story of the island, its lighthouse and its people who lived and worked there including extracts from a detailed diary that has survived from WWI.

The process of automation began immediately after the event and the story of the restoration and conversion of the lighthouse keepers’ derelict cottages is one of courage, patience, stamina, skill and resourcefulness which should inspire people who love wild, beautiful and unspoiled places like Little Ross Island and care about the future of buildings of distinction. “Life and Death on Little Ross” (ISBN 978-1-84995-359-7) is issued as a paperback. The book counts 231 pages and costs £18.99 or $24.95. The book can be ordered via every good book shop, or directly with the publisher, Whittles Publishing, Dunbeath Mill, Dunbeath, Cairness IKW6 6EG, Scotland (UK), e-mail: info@whittlespublishing.com , www.whittlespublishing.com.

 

 

 

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