The Light Between Oceans
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Isolated at the tip of Australia as a lighthouse keeper, emotionally traumatised World War I veteran Tom fears for his wife's sanity after her third miscarriage. Then a boat turns up carrying a dead man and a newborn baby. They bring the baby girl up as their own. The repercussions of this on the girl's biological family, and eventually Tom's guilt, are movingly portrayed. This covers vast themes, moral dilemmas and heartbreaking decisions. A doom-laden tale which really does make you question the rules as along the way someone has to get very hurt indeed ... but whom, is Tom's dilemma. Powerful stuff and highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
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What a brilliant and memorable debut. Superb characters, heart-rending plot and, set on an island 100 miles from Australia, a uniquely beautiful setting. After the horrors of WW1 Tom finds first solace as a lighthouse keeper and joy as he shares the experience with his young wife. Then one morning a decision they take, seemingly for the best, has devastating consequences. We think this is a perfect book for reading groups.
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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
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.
'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
About the Author
Publication date6th October 2016
AuthorM. L. Stedman
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PublisherBlack Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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