How did I get it?:
I bought it at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights!


The young orphan Silver is taken in by the ancient lighthousekeeper Mr. Pew, who reveals to her a world of myth and mystery through the art of storytelling. A magical, lyrical tale from one of Britain’s best-loved literary novelists. Pew tells Silver ancient tales of longing and rootlessness, of the slippages that occur throughout every life. One life, Babel Dark’s, a nineteenth century clergyman, opens like a map that Silver must follow, and the intertwining of myth and reality, of storytelling and experience, lead her through her own particular darkness. Stevenson and of the Jekyll and Hyde in all of us, Lighthousekeeping is a way into the most secret recesses of our own hearts and minds. Jeanette Winterson is one of the most extraordinary and original writers of her generation, and this shows her at her lyrical best.


I was recommended this book at a reading spa and I thought I’d give it a go. I’m not always the biggest fan of literary fiction, but I had heard Jeanette Winterson’s writing was absolutely beautiful. It certainly is. It is lyrical.

This book centres around two main narratives, both set in Scotland. It centres around a lighthouse, a Victorian priest names Babel Dark and Silver, who was orphaned in 1969.

Silver as a narrator is immediately engaging. The opening chapters tells the story of Silver and her mother, who live outside the village on a hill. Their house slopes and furniture has to be nailed to the floor, the dog has shorter back legs than the front. It’s all very vividly described. An accident leaves Silver an orphan and she goes to live with Pew, a blind lighthousekeeper. Pew tells stories and Silver weaves his stories into the ones that she is telling. Historical figures pop up in a real mix of fact and fiction.

This book is unique because it has such a mix of magical, comedy and philosophy. It really wasn’t what I expected but I enjoyed it nevertheless and can’t deny that Jeanette Winterson’s writing is beautiful.

Would I recommend it?:

Such lyrical writing, it may not be for everyone but it’s worth taking a look at to sample the writing!