We’re delighted that readers in the US can finally get their hands on a copy of Lizzie Pook‘s Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, which is published in today (Simon & Schuster). Lizzie’s gorgeous historical debut is set in the harsh landscape of 1800s Australia, where a prominent pearler’s daughter is on the hunt for the truth behind her father’s sudden disappearance.

Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter was published in Australia in February 2022, followed by its UK publication in March 2022, and Canadian publication earlier this month. Since then, reviews have been nothing but glowing:

‘This is a stunning debut.’ Charmaine Wilkerson

‘Pook’s evocative debut novel spins a tale of intrigue and deception with a deft combination of gripping pacing and emotional restraint.’ Booklist, starred review

‘A gleaming achievement.’ Emma Stonex

In the run up to Canadian publication, we were thrilled that Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter was shortlisted for the 2022 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, a prize that recognises novels that honour the traditions of adventure and are unafraid to try something new.

To top it off, Simon & Schuster created a beautiful trailer to celebrate Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter launching in North America:

Congratulations, Lizzie, we are thrilled for you!