Breaking news for Doodled Books collectors – we are proud to present a world exclusive of a stunning debut called The Light Between Oceans – the debut novel that will be talked about for years to come! M L Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia and now lives in London. This is her first novel. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is being published in twenty-five territories to date, and is due to be made into a film.
Transworld and Random House Australia acquired debut novel The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman, winning a nine-way auction for the title.
Doubleday editorial director Jane Lawson bought UK and Commonwealth rights jointly with Beverley Cousins at RHA through Susan Armstrong at Conville and Walsh, with auctions ongoing in the US and Europe. And now Transworld have published the book as a Doubleday hardback in 2012.
The story dramatises a moral dilemma faced by a lighthouse keeper and his wife living on a remote island off Western Australia in the 1920s, who find a boat carrying a live baby beside the body of a dead man.
Lawson said: "I was stunned by its humanity and emotional scope. It is a story that absolutely broke my heart. It contains raw emotion carried by sublime storytelling, with a deft poetic touch. Rarely has the company responded to a first novel with such unanimous passion. We are utterly thrilled to have acquired it. This novel will have a lasting impact."
Doodled Books has an exclusive scoop of signed, lined, dated, doodled and numbered books.
Here are some of the territories the book is being published in:
UK & Commonwealth
Australia (Random House Australia)
Czech Republic (Albatros Media)
Denmark (Forlaget Turbulenz)
France (Editions Stock)
Italy (Garzanti Libri)
Netherlands (De Boekerij)
Norway (Schibsted Forlag)
Spain/Catalan (Edicions 62/Grup62)
A stunning debut novel about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who face a life-changing moral dilemma. For fans of The Island.
What the critics say
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.
A moving tale. One of this year's must-reads
- Stylist magazine
Persuasive and tender.
- Sunday Times
A description of the extraordinary, sustaining power of a marriage to bind two people together in love, through the most emotionally harrowing circumstances.
- Daily Mail
It is not only the plot that it 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
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
Pick of the month: The memorable and moving tale of one couple’s search for happiness
- Woman and Home
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 Magazine
A debut novel that tears at the heart – the last pages had me weeping buckets.
- Saga Magazine
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.
First Edition First Printing
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (26 April 2012)
Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm