It is finally here – Lizzie Pook’s paperback version of the emotionally driven Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is now available in the US. Congratulations to Lizzie Pook and Simon & Schuster Paperbacks! Set in 1886, this novel explores the life of twenty-year-old English woman Eliza Brightwell living in Western Australia as she navigates the dangers of open waters and the perils of pearl diving, all the while searching for answers behind the mysterious disappearance of her adventurous father.
Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter was first published in the native setting of the story – Australia in February 2022 and has amassed readers across the globe since. It has been longlistedfor the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2023 and shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2022.
To add to the accolades, it has also received some phenomenal reviews:
‘A sensitive and compassionate book, admirable in its engaging synthesis of multiple strands of history.’
New York Times
‘A jewel of a book, by a uniquely compelling new voice in historical mystery.’
Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of The Firebird and The Vanished Days
‘Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter paints a memorable picture of ambition, sacrifice and corruption while exploring personal loss as driving force. I will never look at a string of pearls in quite the same way.’
Charmaine Wilkerson, NYT bestselling author of Black Cake
‘Vibrant sensory detail makes this late 19th century coastal setting essential to this absorbing debut.’
The Toronto Star
‘Intricate and mesmerising, overall a fascinating insight into 19th century Western Australia.’
Historical Novel Society