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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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The Light Between Oceans absolutely broke my heart

5

Reading this book is like watching a beautiful, completely justifiable but unavoidably devastating car crash. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are - almost without exception - thoroughly likeable. There is no villain to latch onto and blame, with the possible exception of World War I. The historical detail is fabulous, I very much enjoyed learning all about lighthouses and how they worked back in the 1920s. Including the fact that offshore lighthouse keepers only received a visit from a stores boat every 3 months. The lighthouse keepers themselves were only allowed shore leave every 12 months or so. It was a truly isolated existence - no newspapers, no television, no internet, not even a radio. The narrative is brilliantly constructed. If a baby washed up in a boat with a dead man, surely it would be logical to call it in? To find out where the baby - and the body, for that matter - came from and return them to their family. However, Stedman expertly weaves a chain reaction of utterly believable circumstances whereby each decision made by every player in the story is entirely understandable, though morally wrong. So where does that leave 'right' and 'wrong'? And once you've made what is - clearly - a wrong decision, how do you correct it when putting it 'right' will hurt even more people now that so much time has passed? Is it better to live with the guilt of your own crimes or confess and shatter the lives of those closest to you? If you've ever been in a situation where you feel like there are no good choices, you will easily relate to this book. But make sure you've got your tissue box handy - you've been warned.

Melbourne, Australia

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I would buy this product again.

4

Easy to read!

New South Wales

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Couldn't put it down !

5

An amazing book that is well written and I simply was engaged by it ! Thought provoking .

Australia, Vic

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definitly a multiple read .very well written

5

service good delivery spot on

forster nsw

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Lovely written tale

5

Well written. Great characters. Really enjoyable story includes all emotions.

Sydney

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A wonderful book

5

Wonderful read. Enjoyed every page. Beautifully written.

Cohuna vic

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Outstanding

5

A brilliant holiday read. Impossible not to get caught up in the daily lives of the characters and the intriguing storyline. Cannot recommend it enough.

Perth

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Heatrbreaking story of love and loss

3

A great read, heartbreaking story, engaging characters and great historical information along the way. Was easy to get through it.

Sydney

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Good light read

4

Light reading. Well written

Regional NSW

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Right or Wrong?

4

A good read

Melbourne

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The Light Between Oceans

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97.7

"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): 19.3 x 13.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2