The wait is finally over! Congratulations to Lizzie Pook, whose immersive and enthralling novel, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, publishes today in UK paperback (Picador/ Pan Macmillan). Set in the beautifully harsh landscape of Western Australia against a backdrop of dangerous pearl-diving, crocodiles, and storms, this unique historical novel tells the story of Eliza Brightwell, a 20-year-old English woman who sets off to uncover the truth about her eccentric father after he goes missing under suspicious circumstances.

Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter was published in Australia in February 2022, and has gone from strength to strength since its initial publication. It has been longlisted for the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award 2022 and was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2022. It was also chosen as Hive Book of the Month (March 2022) and selected as one of Best Magazine’s book picks (May 2022).

On top of these incredible achievements, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter has received stellar reviews:

Beautifully written, unflinching and brimming with adventure‘ – Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne and Elektra

Immersive storytelling, a rollicking mystery and a take-no-prisoners heroine‘ – Stylist

A lively tale with a gutsy, likeable heroine’ – Nick Rennison ― Sunday Times

‘Tense and vividly atmospheric, with a determined, independent heroine intent on the truth. It’s beautifully written, unflinching and brimming with adventure. I loved the journey to a world I knew nothing about – it’s gloriously transporting‘ – Jennifer Saint, bestselling author of Ariadne

‘Written with sensitivity and heart, we defy you not to fall in love with this feisty, headstrong heroine’Woman & Home

‘Lizzie Pook’s plot rattles along, but the real draw is her description of the bay, a place where pearlers risk their lives diving for that elusive, perfect pearl that will set them up for life . . . It is an unfamiliar, unforgiving world and Eliza is an engaging guide‘ ― The Times

Congratulations, Lizzie! If you haven’t done so already, you can get your copy here.