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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (31 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841954993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841954998
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What makes Stargazing such a beautiful book is that it is more than an elegy to a vanished profession. It is a elegy to youth and to the constellation of dreams, ambitions and anxieties that is more intense at 19 than it can ever be again." (Sunday Herald)

"Both an elegy to an extinct way of life and a tribute to the spirit and expertise of the men who embodied this romance of sea and sky." (The Observer)

"Few of these books, however, are as wistfully evocative or as thoughtful as Hill's Stargazing." (The Independent)

"A passionate account and a fine commemoration of the first profession ever to be made totally redundant." (Bella Bathurst, author of "The Lighthouse Stevensons")

"excellent" (The Scotsman Magazine)

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"A generous book ... as full of lost dreams as a starry sky on a foggy night" Daily Telegraph

It is 1973 and Peter Hill, his head filled with the Vietnam War, Frank Zappa, Jack Kerouac, the Watergate trial and Coronation Street, is about to spend six months on various remote Scottish lighthouses, "keeping" with all manner of unusual and fascinating people.

This charming and beautifully written account of that time is not only a heartfelt lament for Hill's own youth and innocence but also for a simpler and more honest age.

"Poetic and evocative ... What makes Stargazing such a beautiful book is that it is more than an elegy to a vanished profession. It is an elegy to youth and to the constellation of dreams, ambitions and anxieties that is more intense at 19 than it can ever be again" Sunday Herald

"A gentle comedy of manners, which pitches the green-around-the-gills Hill - an adolescent idealist - into the intrinsically no- nonsense, manly world of the lighthouse" Independent

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