The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

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By (author) M. L. Stedman

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 32mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 9 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552778478
  • ISBN 13: 9780552778473
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 249

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Richard and Judy summer bookclub read 2013, Goodreads category winner, and longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013, stunning story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who face a life-changing moral dilemma. A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.

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M L Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia and now lives in London. This is her first novel. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is a New York Times Top Ten bestseller and is being published in over thirty languages. Film rights have been sold to Spielberg's Dreamworks. Find out more at www.Facebook.com/thelightbetweenoceans

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By Renee 20 Dec 2013 1

The author said in an interview that this book began with the idea of a baby washing ashore an island, and is about the consequences of the decisions of the couple that find this baby. It was rather clear that the story evolved backwards from that place, since she took so many liberties in getting the plot there. It was extremely unrealistic, which distracted me from trying to enjoy the story itself. I also found the characters to be completely unsympathetic, especially Isabelle, so by the middle of the story I no longer cared what happened to the kid - I just wanted the story to be over. If you're into chick-lit then it might be up your alley, but let this review be a big light-house warning that there are rocks ahead...

By Tania Olson 07 Jul 2013 5

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed reading a book this much. I felt myself drawn to it every spare moment I had - and moments that were not spare. At one stage I was so troubled I didn't want to read on, yet at the same time I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen next. I found myself asking the same questions the characters asked themselves throughout the book, especially Isabel and Hannah. The story is mesmerising and the writing itself is beautiful. Stedman's descriptions of the characters, their emotions and their physical surrounds made me feel as though I was with them. Stedman is an extremely talented writer and I can't wait for her next book.

By Wendy SEKULOFF 30 May 2013 5

Wow! A page turner till the end. Just loved it! Since purchasing this book to read I have noticed that not only has it won many awards, but also been picked up by Stephen Spielberg to make into a movie. But definitely a must to read before then. Set in Western Australia, the "baby in a boat" mystery deepens and it is certainly a rocky journey to the end. Such dilemmas. Will stay with you long after...what would you have done????

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"An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them." MARKUS ZUSAK, author of THE BOOK THIEF "Irresistible... seductive... a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page" Oprah Magazine "A love story that is both persuasive and tender" The Sunday Times "A moving tale. One of this year's must-reads" Stylist Magazine "An extraordinary book... as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable" Guardian

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An extraordinary book... as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable