THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
2.3 million copies sold
The international bestselling book of the major Hollywood film starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (film to be released in UK 1 Nov 16)
The New York Times bestseller
Goodreads historical category winner
'Extraordinary and heartrending' MARKUS ZUSAK, author of The Book Thief
A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision.
They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.
'A moving tale ...prepare to weep' New York Times
"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"
"A description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances"
"It is not only the plot that it so compelling . . . What makes this wonderful novel stand out is the cast of emotionally fragile characters, all of whom inspire tremendous sympathy in the reader"
"A moving tale . . . prepare to weep"
New York Times
"Irresistible . . . seductive . . . a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page"
"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
"Book of the Week. Critics are buzzing about The Light Between Oceans, the gripping debut from M L Stedman"
"The characters are beautifully drawn . . . A completely unique read. ****"
"A moving tale. One of this year's must-reads"
"Told with the authoritative simplicity of a fable . . . engrossing . . . immediate and familiar"
The New Yorker
"Mesmerising . . . the sheer passion and poetry of Stedman's prose carries us on a wave of emotion and heartbreak"
Australian Woman's Weekly
"Pick of the month: The memorable and moving tale of one couple's search for happiness"
Woman and Home
"A debut novel that tears at the heart - the last pages had me weeping buckets"
"A haunting story peopled with characters you care about"
. . . heart-wrenching . . . beautifully drawn"
"Lyrical . . . Stedman's debut signals a career certain to deliver future treasures"
"Stunning and memorable"
"Delicate and imaginative . . . beautifully written . . . deserves every single bit of its success"
"Like a lighthouse, [The Light Between Oceans] shines a light in dark places, and its emotional resonance will stay with you for days"
"A thought-provoking debut novel . . . this beautifully delineated tale of love and loss, right and wrong, and what we will do for the happiness of those most dear to us, is moving without being maudlin"