Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By M. L. St­ed­man Ran­dom Jacq Ellem

“AWARD­win­ning” didn’t do it for me. “It’s go­ing to be made in to a movie” didn’t ei­ther. What did was “It’s a story about a light­house keeper”.

I’ve loved light­houses since I was a child and it’s a se­cret wish to one day be able to spend time liv­ing in one, so I jumped at the chance to read it, if only to keep my wild imag­in­ings at bay.

What a gor­geous story. Bit­ter­sweet, and at times heart­break­ing, The Light Be­tween Oceans tells the story of Tom Sher­bourne and his wife Is­abel on the tiny is­land of Janus Rock – their day- to- day life and the mo­ment that ev­ery­thing turns around.

A boat washes ashore with a dead man on board … and a baby girl. In­stead of re­port­ing it Tom is per­suaded by Is­abel to keep the baby as their own.

What fol­lows is a tragic tale of ac­tion and con­se­quences. It’s po­etic in the de­scrip­tions of the un­tamed Western Aus­tralian coast and poignant in the strug­gles peo­ple faced on the pe­riph­ery and at the cen­tre of what seemed a sim­ple gift from the sea.

There has been some crit­i­cism of it for var­i­ous rea­sons, but judge for your­self. I en­joyed it.

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