Happy paperback publication day to Lizzie Pook, whose immersive and enchanting historical mystery, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, publishes today in Australia (Penguin Random House Australia).

UK & Commonwealth rights for this breathtaking debut were scooped up by Sam Humphreys at Mantle / Pan Macmillan back in 2020, and Australian rights were acquired in a separate deal by fiction publisher Beverley Cousins at Penguin Random House Australia in a significant six-figure pre-empt, while North American rights went to Carina Guiterman at Simon & Schuster US with Sarah St Pierre at Simon & Schuster Canada in another six-figure deal.

Since its initial Australian publication in February 2022, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter has received multiple glowing reviews:

‘Immersive storytelling, a rollicking mystery and a take-no-prisoners heroine.’ Stylist Magazine

‘Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is a gorgeous debut. Both a breathtaking adventure story and a moving testimony to the lengths we go to for the people we love, it swept me away from the first page . . .A gleaming achievement’ Emma Stonex, bestselling author of The Lamplighters

‘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

A stunning debut. From the very first line, this novel drew me fully into its gritty yet captivating world… I will never look at a string of pearls in quite the same way.’ Charmaine Wilkerson, author of Black Cake

Huge congratulations Lizzie, on this very special day! If you haven’t done so already, you can get your copy here.