M. L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel and has so far been translated into over thirty languages. It has been a bestseller around the world, including Australia, Italy, Denmark, Canada, Ireland, the UK and America, where it reached no.4 on The New York Times hardback fiction list. Work is now underway to turn it into a major film.
The novel has also won many awards in Australia, including the ABIA Book of the Year 2013, The Indie Award for Book of the Year and the Nielsen BookData 2013 Bookseller's Choice Award. It was also voted Best Historical Novel of 2012 by members of Goodreads.
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Beverley Cousins is a Publisher for Fiction at Random House Australia. After the news that THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS won Best Novel of 2012 at the Australian Book Industry Awards, Beverley wrote this letter about discovering the book that's become a firm favourite for critics and readers.
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4 stars 11 commentsThe Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
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. It is the winner of three prestigious ABIA awards, including their 'Book of the Year', and also won the Indie Awards' 'Book of the Year'.