The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans : The heartrending Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy pick

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The No. 1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller

'Unforgettable' Guardian
The heart-rending 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.

- Over 3 million copies sold worldwide
- A Richard and Judy bookclub favourite
- Goodreads historical category

***** 'A beautiful, poignant story, very well told'
***** 'By far one of the best books I have ever read'
***** 'A stunning and enjoyable read, one you won't forget'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 29mm | 315g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 0552778478
  • 9780552778473
  • 24,480

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A description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances
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A love story that is both persuasive and tender * The Sunday Times * An extraordinary book . . . as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable * Guardian * 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 * It is not only the plot that it so compelling . . . What makes this wonderful novel stand out is the cast of emotionally fragile characters, all of whom inspire tremendous sympathy in the reader * Daily Express * A moving tale . . . prepare to weep * New York Times * Irresistible . . . seductive . . . a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page * Oprah Magazine * A spectacularly sure storyteller . . . Reading The Light Between Oceans is 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 * Book of the Week. Critics are buzzing about The Light Between Oceans, the gripping debut from M L Stedman * Grazia Magazine * The characters are beautifully drawn . . . A completely unique read. **** * Heat Magazine * A moving tale. One of this year's must-reads * Stylist Magazine * Told with the authoritative simplicity of a fable . . . engrossing . . . immediate and familiar * The New Yorker * Mesmerising . . . the sheer passion and poetry of Stedman's prose carries us on a wave of emotion and heartbreak * Australian Woman's Weekly * Pick of the month: The memorable and moving tale of one couple's search for happiness * Woman and Home * A debut novel that tears at the heart - the last pages had me weeping buckets * Saga Magazine * A haunting story peopled with characters you care about * Choice Magazine * Elegantly rendered . . . heart-wrenching . . . beautifully drawn * USA Today * Lyrical . . . Stedman's debut signals a career certain to deliver future treasures * People * Stunning and memorable * Booklist * Heart-wrenching * Publisher's Weekly *
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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. An award-winning international bestseller, the book has already sold over 3 million copies in the English language alone, and is published in 45 countries. In 2016 it was made into a Dreamworks film starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, produced by Heyday Films.
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Rating details

415,164 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 34% (140,430)
4 42% (173,538)
3 19% (78,029)
2 4% (17,316)
1 1% (5,851)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Renee
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 more
by Tania Olson
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????show more
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