'An extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them' MARKUS ZUSAK, author of The Book Thief
'What an extraordinary book ... as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable' Guardian
'Persuasive and tender' Sunday Times
'It is not only the plot that is so compelling ... what makes this wonderful novel stand out from the crowd is the cast of emotionally fragile characters' Daily Express
'Mesmerising ... the sheer passion and poetry of Stedman's prose carries us on a wave of emotion and heartbreak' Women'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' Saga
'The characters are beautifully drawn...A completely unique read. **** '' Heat Magazine
Book of the Week. 'Critics are buzzing about The Light Between Oceans, the gripping debut from M L Stedman' Grazia
'A moving tale. One of this year's must-reads' Stylist
'M L Stedman, a spectacularly sure storyteller, swept me to a remote island nearly a century ago, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife make a choice that shatters many lives, including their own. This is a novel in which justice for one character means another's tragic loss, and we care desperately for both. Reading The Light Between Oceans is a total-immersion experience, extraordinarily moving' MONICA ALI , author of Brick Lane
'Irresistible...seductive...a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page' - Oprah Magazine
'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
Tom Sherbourne, released from the horrors of the First World War, is now a lighthouse keeper, cocooned on a remote island with his young wife Izzy, who is content in everything but her failure to have a child.
One April morning, a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man - and a crying baby. Safe from the real world, Tom and Izzy break the rules and follow their hearts.
It is a decision with devastating consequences.