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The Light Keeper

A story of love, hope and longing. The debut novel by award-winning writer Cole Moreton is set in the spectacularly beautiful landscape around Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, on the South Coast of England.

Sarah stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the wind carry her away. She’s come to the high cliffs to be alone, to face the truth about her life, to work out what to do. Her lover is searching, desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah doesn’t want to be found. Not yet. Not by him.

And someone else is also seeking answers up here where the seabirds soar: a man known only as the Keeper, living in an old lighthouse right on the cusp of a four-hundred-foot drop. He is all too aware that sometimes love takes you to the edge . . .


‘Wonderfully written. This is a book that will stay with you.’

Anthony Horowitz

‘Human warmth and bittersweet emotion. I loved this.’

Matt Haig

‘An absolute thing of beauty. Not like anything else I’ve read. Fabulous.’

Jane Fallon

‘Mesmerising and lyrical, creating atmosphere you can breathe and emotion that can shred your heart.’

Peter James

‘Tremendous speed and pace. The ending took me completely by surprise.’

Jeffrey Archer

‘Beautifully tense and atmospheric.’

Marianne Power

Press play to hear Cole Moreton read the opening chapter, from an album of readings with songs inspired by the story, written and recorded with the band The Light Keepers.

Sign up here to read the first three chapters for free and get the chance to win a night at the real Belle Tout lighthouse.