The Light Between Oceans

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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. 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'.

Book Setting: Western Australia
 
The Light Between Oceans, 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'.

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 ...

Winner of three ABIA awards for Best Newcomer, Best Literary Novel and Book of the Year
Winner of two Indie Awards for Best Debut and Book of the Year

Winner of the Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award for 2013
Recently voted Historical Novel of 2012 by GoodReads' reading community

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742755717
    Published: 03/12/2012
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 368 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742755724
    Published: 20/03/2012
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 368 pages
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"A remarkable debut." - Sunday Age

"Richly descriptive and mesmerising, this is an assured novel from a new Australian voice… Destined for book club discussions around the globe." - Australian Women's Weekly

"This story is fascinating and so beautifully told - I couldn't put it down." - Australian Bookseller & Publisher

"Poised to become the next big thing." - West Australian

"The must-read book of 2012." - Sun-Herald

"Stays with you long after you have turned the last page." - The Express (UK)

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M.L. Stedman

M.L. Stedman

M. L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans, her first novel, is an international bestseller, having spent well over a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

As well as being translated into almost forty languages, the book was nominated for the Miles Franklin Award, the Women's Prize for Literature (the Orange/Bailey's Prize), and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction to name a few, and won prizes including Best Literary Fiction, Best Newcomer and Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards, and Australian Indie Awards for Best Debut Novel and Book of the Year.

Director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines) is adapting the story for film, in association with producer David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter) and Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios.