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The Light Between Oceans Paperback – 9 May 2013
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"A love story that is both persuasive and tender" (The Sunday Times)
"An extraordinary book . . . as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable" (Guardian)
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"A spectacularly sure storyteller . . . Reading The Light Between Oceans is a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving." (Monica Ali, author of BRICK LANE)
"The Light Between Oceans unfurls in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance. Into the spaces between words, Stedman breathes an anxiety and pulsating intensity that roils with the ocean and the lighthouse beacon" (Sydney Morning Herald)
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The global bestselling debut, now a word-of-mouth classic - a heart-rending story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who face a life-changing moral dilemma when a baby in a boat washes up on their island.See all Product description
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Tom Sherbourne is an honourable man, decorated with the MC and Bar. He now has the Grade One hardship rated position as a lighthouse keeper and is settled happily managing the lonely Janus Island light, for long stretches; up to three years on end, taking his responsibilities more seriously than you can imagine. It suits him so well. The job itself couldn't be more important. "It's like seeing into the future, said Isabel. You can reach ahead in time to save the ship before it knows it needs help."
Married and joined by the sparkling, bright and lovely Izzie, their solitary days take on a certain magical containment. They are apart from the everyday world in a way that cannot be envisaged now. This plays out in a way that cannot be foretold, and keeps the reader on edge, constantly wondering how it can evolve. Shocks and surprises ripple out of the pages, it is just so exciting and worrying. A truly worthwhile read that has an ending that totally gathers the tale up and shakes it out.
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