The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

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This mesmerizing Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) set to produce. It is the winner of three prestigious ABIA awards, including their 'Book of the Year', and also won the Indie Awards' 'Book of the Year'. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours. 1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. Then one April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads. Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ... Winner of three ABIA awards for Best Literary Novel, Best Newcomer and Book of the Year Winner of two India Awards for Best Debut and Book of the Year Recently voted Historical Novel of 2012 by GoodReads' reading community
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 156 x 233 x 28mm | 450g
  • Vintage (Australia)
  • Milsons Point, Australia
  • 1742755704
  • 9781742755700

About M. L. Stedman

M. L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel published by Random House Australia, and has so far been translated into nearly thirty languages. It has been a bestselling book around the world, including Australia, Italy, Denmark and America, where it reached no.4 on The New York Times fiction lists, both in hardback and paperback. The novel recently won the Indie Awards for 'Best Debut' and 'Book of the Year' and won three prestigious ABIA awards 2013, for 'Best Newcomer', 'Best Literary Novel' and 'Book of the Year'. It was also recently voted Best Historical Novel of 2012 by members of Goodreads.
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318,816 ratings
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4 43% (136,302)
3 19% (61,962)
2 4% (13,304)
1 1% (3,870)

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The Light Between Oceans is the first novel by Australian-born author, M.L.Stedman. A veteran of the First World War, 27-year-old Tom Sherbourne takes a position with the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service and finds himself on a remote island off the West Australian coast, at the meeting point of the Indian and Southern Oceans. Grateful (if guilty) to have survived, Tom is happy to live a quiet life, so meeting and marrying the fascinating Isabel Graysmark is well beyond his expectations. Their happiness on Janus Rock is marred only by Isabel's failed pregnancies. Then, in 1926, a boat washes up on the beach containing a dead man and a tiny, very-much-alive baby. The decisions the couple make at this point will have consequences they could never have imagined. Stedman has crafted a beautiful story: an original plot filled with dilemmas that will have the reader contemplating long after the last page; luminous prose that is marvellously descriptive of the Western Australian landscape and effectively conveys the post-war atmosphere; and characters with depth and appeal whose situations evoke empathy (only the most hard-hearted reader will finish this book without a tear shed). Stedman's extensive research into the area, the era and, in particular, lighthouses, is apparent in every paragraph. Stedman made me want to find out more about lighthouses and maybe climb one; she also made me want to see Izzy and Lucy's drawings. My favourite quote of many comes from Tom: "I've learned the hard way that to have any kind of future you've got to give up hope of ever changing your past." This brilliant novel has been a world-wide bestseller and was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award: a win would have been richly deserved.show more
by Marianne Vincent
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