Ml Stedman Author Biography Essay

For the film version, see The Light Between Oceans (film)

The Light Between Oceans is a 2012 Australian historical fiction novel by M. L. Stedman, her debut novel, published by Random House Australia on 20 March 2012.[1] A film adaptation of the same name starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender was released on 2 September 2016.[2]

Summary[edit]

Australian Tom Sherbourne returns home after fighting in the Western Front trenches of World War I in Europe. He and his wife, Isabel, move to an isolated lighthouse, where they remain for several years. While there they informally adopt a baby girl who washes up in a lifeboat. When the child is two years old, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland on leave. There they discover that "there are other people in the world" and keeping the child "has devastated one of them".[3]

Reception[edit]

The novel received positive reviews upon publication. Sue Arnold writing for The Guardian called it "an extraordinary book" comparing the plot to Thomas Hardy's works.[4]The Denver Post criticized the book as "somewhat predictable" but was positive on the work overall.[5] The Sydney Morning Herald noted that it "is a work of such quality, insight and intrigue, it prompted an international bidding war among publishers.", and called it "A remarkable, very readable, debut."[6]Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly both gave it starred reviews.[7][8]

The Light Between Oceans won the 2013 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Debut Fiction Awards,[9][10] made the 2013 longlist for the Miles Franklin Award,[11] and the 2014 longlist of the International Dublin Literary Award.[12]

Film adaptation[edit]

Main article: The Light Between Oceans (film)

The novel was developed into a feature film by DreamWorks, with David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford producing.[13]Derek Cianfrance directed the film,[14] and Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz starred in it.[15][16][17] The film was released by Touchstone Pictures on 2 September 2016.[18]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^"The Light Between Oceans". Random House. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  2. ^McClintock, Pamela (February 9, 2016). "Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander's 'Light Between Oceans' Lands Fall Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  3. ^"The Light Between Oceans: A Novel". amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  4. ^Arnold, Sue. "Sue Arnold's audiobook choice - review". Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  5. ^Ellis, Barbara. "Book review: Childless lighthouse keeper, wife make life-changing choice in "Light Between Oceans"". Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  6. ^Patricia Maunder (15 April 2012). "The Light Between Oceans". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  7. ^"The Light Between Oceans". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2017.  
  8. ^"The Light Between Oceans". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2017.  
  9. ^"Indie Book Awards: 2013 Winners". indiebookawards.com.au. Australian Independent Booksellers. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  10. ^Stephen Romei (26 March 2013). "Indie judges shine light on year's best books". The Australian. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  11. ^"Miles Franklin 2013 longlist announced". booksandpublishing.com.au. Books+Publishing. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  12. ^"The Nominees". dublinliteraryaward.ie. Dublin City Library & Archive. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  13. ^"DreamWorks Acquiring Debut Novel 'The Light Between Oceans'". deadline.com. November 27, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  14. ^"Derek Cianfrance To Direct DreamWorks Adaptation 'The Light Between Oceans'". deadline.com. September 3, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  15. ^"Michael Fassbender Cast In Derek Cianfrance's 'The Light Between Oceans'". slashfilm.com. May 14, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  16. ^"Alicia Vikander Landing Leads In 'Light Between Oceans' And 'Danish Girl'". deadline.com. June 19, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  17. ^"Rachel Weisz in Talks to Join Michael Fassbender in 'Light Between Oceans'". thewrap.com. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  18. ^D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 9, 2016). "Oscar Bait Fassbender-Vikander Film 'The Light Between Oceans' Dated For Next Awards Season". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 

Margot L. Stedman Biography

M. (Margot) L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia, and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.

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M.L. Stedman answers questions about her first novel, The Light Between Oceans, a captivating novel that opens on a lighthouse in 1918 Australia.

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The Light Between Oceans' M.L. Stedman Answers Your Questions: Spoiler Alert!

Hello, Bookies:

Anyone who has already read The Light Between Oceans knows that it takes some twists and turns. But for those who might stumble across this blog post without having first read the book, its author, M.L. Stedman, cautions: "NB: Major spoiler alert! If you plan to read the book, I strongly suggest you read no further until you've finished it." And, in fact, Ms. Stedman reveals a lot about her highly regarded debut novel. Our sincere thanks to her for sending along her insightful answers. (Note: I've left all of Ms. Stedman's punctuation as is, true to the English-Australian publishing tradition.)


From reader Rosemary Wolfe: The lighthouse offered a twist that has me wondering - if they could have stayed on the island without ever going back to the mainland, would their isolation have allowed them to maintain the secret forever. Do we only do the right thing when someone is looking? Wonder if the author had that in mind when writing…

This is a great question, Rosemary. I suppose what struck me was...

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