The new novel from the acclaimed author of Voyageurs and The Sea Road.May, 1831: a tiny island off the Isle of Man, where a lighthouse provides a harsh living for an unusual family.Isolated from the mainland they have been able to live away from the disapproving eyes of polite society. But, on the arrival of Stevenson's surveyors, the very existence of their world is threatened.Light, set in the 1830s, brings surveyors, imbued with the confidence of Enlightenment Edinburgh, to build a new lighthouse on a remote island. There they discover the women maintaining the old light have values rooted in other times and places and a different perspective on 'progress'. For the island children the ensuing conflict is both an adventure and an introduction to other worlds, geographical and emotional. Margaret Elphinstone
Margaret Elphinstone is the author of eight novels, including The Incomer (1987), A Sparrow's Flight (1989), Islanders (1994), The Sea Road (2000), Hy Brasil (2002), Voyageurs (2003) and Light (2006). She has also had published short stories, poetry and two books on organic gardening. Her next book, And Some There Be, will be published by Canongate in 2009. She lives in Glasgow and teaches at the University of Strathclyde.