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  • Published: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790952
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.00

The Light Between Oceans




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'.

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 YearWinner of two Indie Awards for Best Debut and Book of the YearWinner of the Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award for 2013Recently voted Historical Novel of 2012 by GoodReads' reading community

  • Published: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790952
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

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.

Awards & recognition

The Indie Awards

Winner  •  2012  •  The Indie Awards

Miles Franklin Award

Longlisted  •  2012  •  Miles Franklin Award

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