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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

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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 (31)
  • Well written (31)
  • Page turner (24)
  • Deserves multiple readings (19)
  • Suspenseful (13)

Cons

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4.0

Right or Wrong?

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from Melbourne

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Pros

  • A Moral Issue
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Page Turner
  • Two Sides To Every Story
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

    A good read

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    4.0

    When right & wrong sometimes look the same

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    from Bunbury WA

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters

    Cons

    • A Moral Dilemma

    Best Uses

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    Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

    A sad story with several parallel themes of family, community, post war attitudes, isolation and loss. A good read with well drawn characters.

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    5.0

    Tugs at the heart strings

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    from Perth

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

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      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

      A very touching story and great use of language.

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      4.0

      Very moving novel.

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      from Queensland

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      Pros

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

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          Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

          Love this book and once again fantastic service and quick delivery.

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          5.0

          Dying for more by this author

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          from Swan Hill, AU

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          Pros

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

          Cons

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            • Gift
            • Older Readers
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            Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

            I wasn't sure what to expect, having been disappointed by award winning books in the past, but this novel was an absolute gem, I was unable to put it down and finished it at 3am. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the mystery or drama genre, or even if you're not, it's a fantastic all round novel. Can't wait for news on another novel by the author!!

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            4.0

            Loved this book

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            from Tasmania

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            • 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.

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              from Melbourne, Aust.

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                Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                Very descriptive and well written.

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                4.0

                Splendid read.

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                from Northern New South Wales

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                • Engaging Characters
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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

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                  from Tamworth

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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Engaging Characters
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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!

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                    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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                      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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                      "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
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.4  x 2.3
                      Weight (kg): 0.25
                      Edition Number: 2