About The Author


Originally from Western Australia, M L Stedman has for many years lived in London, where she worked as a lawyer. She first decided to try creative writing in 1997, and set about finding a writing tutor. In the years that followed she did a few writing courses, and some of her short stories were published in anthologies.

Her debut novel, The Light Between Oceans, draws inspiration from the landscape of her native Western Australia, though she wrote and researched much of it, at the British Library. Her UK publisher saw off bids from nine other companies in the run up to the book world’s biggest trade event, the Frankfurt Book Fair, to secure Commonwealth publication rights.

A survivor of the First World War trenches, Tom enjoys the solitude of life as a lighthousekeeper, but one trip to the mainland brings him a wife, Isabel, with whom to share Janus Rock. One fateful day, the sea washes a dinghy up on the shore containing the body of a man and a baby – very much alive – which the couple, desperate to start a family, decide to take as their own.

In this exclusive interview for Foyles, ML Stedman talks about visiting lighthouses, setting much of her novel in such a limited space and the dangers of feeling protective towards her characters.

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ML Stedman’s Debut Novel: The Light Between Oceans


ML Stedman sweeps us into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

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The Light Between Oceans Paperback – 9 May 2013

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
A Richard and Judy bookclub favourite
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.

‘Unforgettable’ Guardian