We’re beyond excited to share that Lizzie Pook‘s debut novel Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter has now been shortlisted for the annual Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize in the Best Published Novel category.

Submissions were open to writers of any nationality, writing in English. Authors from Nigeria, Canada, the UK and UK/Norway are represented on the shortlist, the six being selected from a total of 129 submissions.

Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is a transfixing tale set in the beautifully harsh landscape of North Western Australia, where men from distant lands flock to the shores to seek their fortune in pearls. While they hunt for treasure, Eliza Brightwell is on the hunt for the truth behind her father’s sudden disappearance.

Congratulations, Lizzie! The winner of the 2022 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize will be announced at an online ceremony on 21st September 2022.