The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

By (author) M. L. Stedman

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Irresistible ...keeps you riveted from the first page' Oprah Magazine. 'What an extraordinary book ...as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable' Guardian. 'Persuasive and tender' Sunday Times. 'The Light Between Oceans stays with you long after you have turned the last page. It is not only the plot that is so compelling, though it packs a punch from the outset. What makes this wonderful novel stand out from the crowd is the cast of emotionally fragile characters, all of whom inspire tremendous sympathy with the reader' Daily Express. 'Mesmerising ...the sheer passion and poetry of Stedman's prose carries us on a wave of emotion and heartbreak' Women's Weekly. Pick of the month: 'The memorable and moving tale of one couple's search for happiness' Woman and Home. A book which has a believable plot, beautiful writing and is ultimately a book you simply can't put down' Hello Magazine. 'A completely unique read. **** " Heat Magazine. Book of the Week. 'Critics are buzzing about The Light Between Oceans, the gripping debut from M L Stedman' Grazia. 'A moving tale. One of this year's must-reads' Stylist. "Prepare to weep' New York Times. 'M L Stedman, a spectacularly sure storyteller ...a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving' MONICA ALI , author of Brick Lane. 'The Light Between Oceans unfurls in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance. Into the spaces between words, Stedman breathes an anxiety and pulsating intensity that roils with the ocean and the lighthouse beacon' Sydney Morning Herald. Tom Sherbourne, released from the horrors of the First World War, is now a lighthouse keeper, cocooned on a remote island with his young wife Izzy, who is content in everything but her failure to have a child. One April morning, a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man - and a crying baby. Safe from the real world, Tom and Izzy break the rules and follow their hearts. It is a decision with devastating consequences.

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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 36mm | 621.42g
  • 26 Apr 2012
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • DOUBLEDAY
  • London
  • English
  • map
  • 0857521004
  • 9780857521002
  • 4,409

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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 was a New York Times Top Ten bestseller and is being published in thirty-three territories to date. Film rights have been sold in a major deal to Spielberg's Dreamworks. It is also the winner of the 2013 Indie Book of the Year in Australia. Find out more at www.Facebook.com/thelightbetweenoceans.

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"A love story that is both persuasive and tender" The Sunday Times "A description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances" Daily Mail "A spectacularly sure storyteller ... Reading The Light Between Oceans is a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving." -- Monica Ali, Author Of Brick Lane "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" "What an extraordinary book... as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable" Guardian

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Love, loss & consequences

Beautifully crafted story of choices made & the physical and emotional consequences of that moment in time when the future is decided. After the soul tearing grief of three still births Isabel & Tom are delivered a healthy almost newborn in the strangest of circumstances. Rather than alert authorities to the arrival they decide, with easily understood rationalising, to keep the little girl and raise her as their own. Both Isabel & Tom suffer doubts as to right & wrong and what direction they should take. Ultimately their story is exposed and the law steps in. For anyone who has lost a child this will probably be a searing reminder of the emotional trauma and desolation that this brings. The setting on a remote light station highlights the emotional isolation and grief and the ocean between the gulf that separates firm ground from well intentioned but misdirected moral choices. A very thought provoking read with well crafted prose that is a credit to the authors ability to weave a fine story.show more
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