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The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  

The Light Between Oceans

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

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.

The Lovereading view...

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.


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Reviews

'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

'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

About the Author

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 two million copies in around 40 languages. It has recently been made into a Dreamworks film starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, produced by Heyday Films.

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Book Info

Publication date

9th May 2013

Author

M. L. Stedman

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Debuts of the Month
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552778473

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