Jeremy Fisher reviews 'The Light Between Oceans' by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans 

by M.L. Stedman

Vintage, $32.95 pb, 380 pp, 9781742755700

M.L. Stedman’s first novel was the subject of spirited bidding from several publishers when her agent put it up for auction in 2011. Stedman lives in London, where she has contributed to literary journals, but she is originally from Western Australia, where this book is set. Her three-part novel tells the story of Tom Sherbourne, a returned World War I digger who not only carries the guilt of survival but who is also estranged from his father and brother. They had expelled his beloved mother from the family home after she was caught in a dalliance inadvertently revealed by Tom.

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Jeremy Fisher

Jeremy Fisher

Jeremy Fisher is senior lecturer in writing at the University of New England, a position he came to after over thirty-five years’ experience as writer, editor, publisher, indexer, and advocate for authors’ interests. Among his research interests are the pulp fiction of the 1960s and 1970s, G.M. Glaskin, and publishing in the digital age. He was Executive Director of the ASA from 2004–09. His most recent book is How to Tell Your Father to Drop Dead (2013). His novel Music from Another Country was published in 2009. His young adult book Perfect Timing has been translated into Vietnamese.

Published in April 2012 no. 340

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