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The Light Between Oceans : Winner of the 2013 ABIA Book of the Year - M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

Winner of the 2013 ABIA Book of the Year

Paperback

Published: 3rd December 2012
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
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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. Winner of the Indie Awards 'Book of the Year' 2013.

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 ...

Recently voted Historical Novel of the Year 2012 by GoodReads' reading community.

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.

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4.4

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  • Engaging characters (27)
  • Well written (27)
  • Page turner (20)
  • Deserves multiple readings (15)
  • Suspenseful (12)

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    4.0

    Loved this book

    By Seascape

    from Tasmania

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner

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      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

      Loved the book, can't wait for the movie.

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      5.0

      Very moving debut novel.

      By Sandcastles

      from Melbourne, Aust.

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Well Written

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        Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

        Very descriptive and well written.

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        4.0

        Splendid read.

        By Tiny

        from Northern New South Wales

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Well Written

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          Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

          Service and delivery were excellent.

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          4.0

          Well worth the read

          By Mrs Pully

          from Tamworth

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Well Written

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            Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

            This book was a really good read. My mother enjoyed it as well as my daughter. It bought a tear to our eyes.

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            5.0

            Wow! Couldn't put it down!

            By HS

            from Melbourne

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            Pros

            • A Huge Moral Dilemma
            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
            • Moral Dilemna
            • Page Turner
            • Suspenseful
            • Well Written

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              • Gift
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              Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

              I couldn't put this book down! A gut-wrenching quandary that expertly explored the reader's notion of right and wrong, it had me in a real state - I couldn't decide what was right and wrong!
              Beautifully written the prose flows across the page and puts the reader smack bang in the center of the issue, feeling sympathy for all the protagonists.
              This book was one of kind, very easy to read yet it left me wrung out and I still think about it. I haven't read a book that affected me so profoundly for years.

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              4.0

              Fabulous Read

              By Kim

              from Sydney

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              • Engaging Characters
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                Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                An easy to follow, well written book. You really feel for the characters and question what you would do in the situation. Very moving.

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                4.0

                Wonderful read

                By Mundoo Moo

                from South Australia

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                  Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                  This is a wonderful book with an excellent storyline. I loved it.

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                  4.0

                  Engrossing!

                  By Bob the Priest

                  from Adelaide

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                    Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                    Australian context

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                    4.0

                    A Good Recommendation

                    By Bedtime Book Addict

                    from Adelaide, AU

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                    • Australiana
                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Well Written

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                      • Anyone Who Is A Parent
                      • Bed time read

                      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                      Such a difficult life-altering decision that any parent will understand. The author explores the story in a way appropriate to the time in Australia's history offering readers a different voice and moral reasoning to our own. The story line is heart-breaking for its inevitable outcome, but shows the strength and determination of the human spirit. As a mother this story pulls at my heart strings.

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                      4.0

                      Recomended to me by a friend inU.K

                      By maggie

                      from OPerth Western Australia

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                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Once Started Can't Leave
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                          Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                          A very good delivery service as always Especially good as I order by internet

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                          "A total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving"- Monica Ali

                          ISBN: 9781742755717
                          ISBN-10: 1742755712
                          Audience: General
                          For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
                          For Grades: 11 - 12
                          Format: Paperback
                          Language: English
                          Number Of Pages: 368
                          Published: 3rd December 2012
                          Publisher: Random House Australia
                          Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 2.4
                          Weight (kg): 0.26