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Tears of the Moon - Just How Much is Fiction

"Tears of the Moon" is a novel written by Di Morrissey, an Australian author

known for her captivating storytelling and rich descriptions of the Australian landscape. Published in 2014, the book is set in Broome, Western Australia. The story revolves around the lives of two main characters Captain Tindall and Olivia Hennessy. The novel spans different timelines, weaving together the tales of these characters against the backdrop of Broome's pearling industry, cultural diversity, and the impact of World War II.

Cover art from Tears of the Moon
Tears of the Moon and novel by Di Morrissey

The story delves into the complexities of love, loss, and resilience as the characters navigate their personal challenges amidst the historical events that shape Broome's identity. With a rich history as a pearling town with its multicultural influences, Broome serves as a compelling backdrop for the novel. The author c


aptures the essence of the town's unique atmosphere, providing readers with a glimpse into the cultural tapestry of Broome and its role in shaping the lives of the characters. We are often asked “just how closely does the novel reflect the real events and characters of Broome”? Di Morrissey is known for drawing inspiration from historical events and settings. This novel is no different, it spans over 100 years and most of events in the book are actual historical events. Of the many characters in the book, two from the historically current timeline are described with their real occupations and real names, while many other characters from this timeline are recognisable but given different names. The male protagonist, Captain Tindall seems to be an amalgam of several pearling masters, with a similarity to one in particular. The book does a good job of helping the reader visualise both historic and contemporary Broome, albeit the author has the setting sun and the Staircase to the Moon in the wrong places. So which pearling master most closely resembles Tindall? Our tours will help you place the characters and events into the context of the Broome township. We’ll eat, drink, walk, and talk in the steps of Captain Tindall. If you liked the book, you’ll love the tours!

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