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The Lighthouse (SALT MODERN FICTION) Paperback – 15 Aug 2012

3.4 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Salt; First Edition edition (15 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781907773174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907773174
  • ASIN: 1907773177
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A haunting and accomplished novel.

Author: Katy Guest Source: The Independent on Sunday

It is this accumulation of the quotidian, in prose as tight as Magnus Mills’s, which lends Moore’s book its standout nature, and brings the novel to its ambiguous, thrilling end.

Author: Philip Womack Source: The Telegraph

No surprise that this quietly startling novel won column inches when it landed on the Man Booker Prize longlist. After all, it’s a slender debut released by a tiny independent publisher. Don’t mistake The Lighthouse for an underdog, though. For starters, it’s far too assured ... Though sparely told, the novel’s simple-seeming narrative has the density of far longer work. People and places are intricately evoked with a forensic feel for mood. It’s title becomes a recurring motif, from the Morse code torch flashes of Futh’s boyhood to the lighthouse-shaped silver perfume case that he carries in his pocket, history filling the void left by its missing vial of scent. Warnings are emitted, too – by Futh’s anxious aunt and an intense man he meets on the ferry. It all stokes a sense of ominousness that makes the denouement not a bit less shocking.

Author: Hephzibah Anderson Source: The Daily Mail

The writing is sublime. Spare, sometimes straightforward and sometimes quite opaque. But regardless of the overall transparency, the immediate images of the room or the street or the clifftop are crystal clear, conjured from very few but very well chosen words. The people, too, feel real. They have complex emotions and don't always do logical or sensible things, but they always convince. As they move around one another in still, empty spaces they create a dramatic tension that the reader can almost touch. We wish their lives could be better.

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This is powerful writing likely to shine in your memory for a long time.

Author: Emily Cleaver Source: LITRO Magazine

Evocative and beautifully written in a spare and simple prose, this is a haunting, sombre and somewhat unsettling story that pulls you in quietly, yet powerfully; I downloaded this onto my Kindle early this morning and read it from the beginning to the rather surprising end in one sitting. We know it is on the longlist for the Booker Prize; it deserves to make it onto the shortlist and I, for one, very much hope it does.

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The Lighthouse is a stunning book. Read it. Then read it again.

Author: Zoe King Source: Amazon.co.uk

Alison Moore's writing is exquisite, the prose simple and powerful, but it's the use of imagery which really marks it out as something special.

Author: Sue Magee Source: The Bookbag

In The Lighthouse Alison Moore has created an unsettling, seemingly becalmed but oddly sensual, and entirely excellent novel.

Author: Alan Bowden Source: Words of Mercury

Alison Moore's debut novel has all the assurance of a veteran, a strong contender for the prize, its sense of despair will either be its making or its undoing: 9/10.

Author: Roz Davison Source: Don't Read That Read This

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Melancholy and haunting. The sense of loneliness and discomfort and rejection is compelling, the low key prose carefully handled. It’s a serious novel with a distinctive and unsettling atmosphere.

Author: Margaret Drabble

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