Shin­ing a light

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Blasted by vi­o­lent waves and winds grit­ted with salt spray, Bri­tain’s 20 rock light­houses stand alone, flash­ing a warn­ing across miles of churn­ing waves. These iconic, soli­tary tow­ers, built be­tween 1811 and 1905 as far as 32 miles off­shore, still pro­vide an es­sen­tial nav­i­ga­tional aid. This com­pelling his­tory re­counts the tales of their in­cred­i­ble con­struc­tion along with the lives of those who built them, lived in them and main­tained them against the fury of the un­bri­dled sea. Seashaken Houses by Tom Nan­col­las £16.99, www.pen­

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