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The Lamplighters

(2021)
A novel by

 
 
The Sunday Times Bestseller
As recommended by the BBC Radio 2 Book Club

'A mystery, a love story and a ghost story, all at once. Wonderful' - S J Watson
'Gripping' - Guardian 'Riveting' - Independent
'Excellent' - Observer 'A triumph' - Daily Mail

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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The Lamplighters transported me effortlessly to the mysterious Maiden Rock and life on the Cornish coast. Stonex creates a most engaging collection of voices and perspectives that unveil what happened in true pager-turner fashion, a mystery told through vivid prose that had me completely absorbed from start to finish. Haunting, harrowing and heartbreaking, this is a novel that will stay with you." - Ashley Audrain

"Compulsive, taut, and unforgettable. The Lamplighters is that rare book which is as exquisitely written as it is page-turning. I'm already telling everyone I know to read it." - Lucy Clarke

"A beautifully written, utterly compelling tale." - Jenny Colgan

"The Lamplighters is one of the most magical books I’ve ever read. The writing is dazzlingly good. The mystery is uniquely crafted and utterly beguiling. And it’s full of such tenderness and humanity and grace. I loved it with all my heart." - Emylia Hall

"Outstanding. Literary and insanely gripping." - India Knight

"A deeply atmospheric and utterly gripping mystery . . . Superb." - Wyl Menmuir

"Emma Stonex has written a gorgeous page-turner that is at once a mystery and a novel about mysteries—about how we all write our own endings and suffer betrayals, but still light the lamps so the people we love can find their way home." - Charlotte Rogan

"I can't remember when I last enjoyed a book this much. The Lamplighters is a compulsive, bewitching read. The sea and wind get into your bones, the riddle pulling you through the pages like a tide. Deftly written and atmospheric, I didn't want it to end. Brilliant." - Tor Udall

"Beautifully written and evocative, this is a mystery, a love story and a ghost story, all at once. It kept me gripped throughout, and I didn’t want it to end. Wonderful." - S J Watson


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March 2021 : UK Hardback
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March 2021 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Lamplighters: A Novel
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Title: The Lamplighters
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April 2021 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Lamplighters
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Title: The Lamplighters: A Novel
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Title: The Lamplighters
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Publisher: Picador
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Title: The Lamplighters
Author(s): Emma Stonex
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Title: The Lamplighters
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Publisher: Picador
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March 2021 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Lamplighters: A Novel
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Title: The Lamplighters: A Novel
Author(s): Emma Stonex
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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March 2021 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Lamplighters
Author(s): Emma Stonex
Publisher: Picador
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March 2021 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lamplighters
Author(s): Emma Stonex
Publisher: Picador
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