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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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4.5

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  • Page turner (14)
  • Suspenseful (11)
  • Deserves multiple readings (9)

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    5.0

    Unforgettable

    By Bookie

    from Sydney

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

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      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

      'Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil'.
      The opening words sum up the moral dilemma at the heart of this story. Tom Sherbourne is torn between love for his young wife and his duty as a lighthouse keeper.
      'Light between the oceans' is unforgettable for its masterful prose. Stedman captures both the atmosphere of a sleepy country town and the harsh beauty of Janus Rock; but it is the characters who hold the reader engrossed to the last page.
      We weep for both Hannah and Isabel but it is Tom whose love and anguish is unforgettable.
      This is a book of love and heartbreak. Don't miss it.

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      4.0

      Wonderful Australian Novel

      By Kath

      from Sydney

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        Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

        Wonderdful Australian novel that evokes images of the wild Western Australia coast. Highly recommend.

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        4.0

        A great novel set in WA.

        By Dolly

        from WA

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          Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

          This story was very engaging and portrayed the era it was written in very well. A difficult choice to be made by the main characters but the decision they made was entirely understandable. Quite sad on many levels.

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          5.0

          Keeps you guessing and in suspense <3

          By Apey

          from West Wyalong, NSW

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            Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

            Such a beautiful story, it keeps you interested the whole way through, i couldn't put it down! It's the type of story that reefs at your insides and makes the tears well up in your eyes as you can feel the emotions of the characters with each page you read.

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            5.0

            Truly a winner - for all ages

            By JoJo

            from Sydney, Australia

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                Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                Lovely historical references. Keeps you turning the pages.

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                5.0

                Beautiful book

                By Gellie

                from Chittering wa

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                • Unique story
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                  Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                  Great read

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                  4.0

                  So great, couldn't stop reading it !

                  By maurs

                  from perth WA

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                    Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                    Great book to read when you're travelling.

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                    5.0

                    Fascinating tale

                    By Jude

                    from Perth, Au

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                      Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                      Great book, which i managed to read in a couple of days as it was not too long.
                      The book takes you on a journey, where you discover the highs and lows of the main characters, and the moral dilemmas they face, and sometimes the heart breaking consequences of their decisions.
                      It leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

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                      4.0

                      A Fable of sorts

                      By Nellcor99

                      from Sydney

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                        Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                        I read this book because of the excellent reviews and later discussed as a Book Club choice.
                        The Storey poses very tricky moral issues It is set in a small community and an isolated lighthouse. Into a community suffering the aftermath of WW2 comes a young man also suffering from the war ..He makes a decision which has dire consequences for him,his wife and members of the community.
                        It is very well written and has some great one liners.
                        Definitely worth reading and discussing.

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                        5.0

                        Emotionally gripping

                        By Gram236

                        from Western Australia

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                          Comments about The Light Between Oceans:

                          This is a beautiful and simple love story of a different kind. Heart stoppingly beautiful it touched me to the core and is the most "unputdownable" book I have read in many years....and I cried and cried.

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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): 0.25