The Last Pearlfisher of Scotland is the new novel by UEA alumnus Julia Stuart and is published by Vintage this week. Julia graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2013 and is the author of three previous novels. Her debut, The Matchmaker of Périgord, was published in 2007 and adapted for film by Andrew Birkin, who wrote and directed The Cement Garden, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. In 2010 her second novel was published in the UK as Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo. In America it was published as The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise and became a New York Times bestseller and an NRP Best Book of the Year. The Pigeon Pie Mystery was published in America in 2012 and was selected as a Book of the Week, as well as an ‘Unputdownable Mystery’, by Oprah.com. Her books have also been published in France, Italy, Taiwan, Portugal and Russia.