Devon Book for Summer 2013

The Light Between OceansBe part of Devon's biggest book club this summer.

It's Devon Book for Summer time again and this year we are reading 'The Light Between Oceans', by M.L. Stedman.

We are pleased to be working in association with Transworld Publishers for the second time, following the success of 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' as our Book for Summer in 2012.

About the book
This is a story about right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same...

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.

'The Light Between Oceans' is Margot Stedman's first novel and has received critical acclaim around the world, winning numerous prizes. In the UK, it was long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction and has been selected by Richard & Judy's Book Club. It is due to be made into a film. In the worlds of Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane:

"Reading 'The Light Between Oceans' is a total-immersion experience, exraordinarily moving."

Meet the author

M.L. StedmanWe are delighted that M.L. Stedman will be at Totnes Library on the evening of Monday 9th September to conclude our Devon Book for Summer celebrations. Check back for more information nearer the time.

How to join in

Join book-lovers across the county in reading the Devon Book for Summer and be part of the conversation. You can:

  • borrow the book from your local library - you can reserve it for free until 30th September
  • join in the book talk on Twitter with @DevonLibraries #db4s13
  • share your thoughts on the book with other readers by writing a review - forms will be available in your library, you can write on our Facebook page or you can email us
  • send in or share photographs inspired by the book
  • read the book with your reading group (more information)
  • attend an event at your library - ask in-branch for more information
  • tell your friends!

All reviews submitted will be entered into a prize draw.


1st July from 10amNortham LibraryDevon Book for Summer launch
1st July from 9amTotnes LibraryDevon Book for Summer launch
9th September 7pm      Totnes Library      M.L. Stedman author visit find out more
4th October 4-5pmAppledore Book Festival'New Voices' - M. L. Stedman and others in conversation

The Light Between Oceans on the web

Devon Book for Summer chat
Transworld video trailer
Devon Book for Summer photostream
An interview with M.L. Stedman
The Light Between Oceans Facebook page
The Light Between Oceans pinboard
Richard & Judy's Book Club
Transworld Publishers
Lighthouses of Western Australia
Lighthouses of South West England

Transworld Publishers - logo  Devon Libraries