The Lighthouse (Moore novel)

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The Lighthouse
Cover of The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
AuthorAlison Moore
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherSalt Publishing
Publication date
15 August 2012
Pages192 pages

The Lighthouse is a novel by English novelist Alison Moore, published on 15 August 2012. The novel deals with a middle-aged man's memories of childhood abandonment as he embarks on a walking trip through Germany. The book was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize on 11 September 2012.[1]


Futh, a recently separated middle-aged Englishman, takes a ferry to the Continent for a hiking trip through Germany. He brings with him memories of his mother abandoning him while he was still a child, his father's constant philandering, and his wife's infidelities. Meanwhile, Ester, the unhappy wife of a German hotelier, tries to get her husband’s attentions by cheating on him. When Futh and Ester's paths meet, the consequences are disastrous...


Jenn Ashworth of The Guardian called the novel "a chilly, heart-wrenching story".[2] Boyd Tonkin, reviewing the book for The Independent, described it as "[d]isquieting, deceptive, crafted with a sly and measured expertise".[3]


  1. ^ "The Lighthouse". Man Booker Prize. Retrieved 18 September 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Ashworth, Jenn (24 August 2012). "The Lighthouse by Alison Moore". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (15 September 2012). "The Lighthouse, By Alison Moore". The Independent. Retrieved 18 September 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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