Josephine is proving to be the go-to voice for warm, funny and vibrant stories – and this novel about a woman who is tasked with driving a car load of eccentric animals from Tasmania to Brisbane is an escapist’s dream!’

Woman’s Day

The heartwarming new ‘uplit’ novel by the bestselling author of The Jam Queens. 

Phoenix Rose is a 35-year-old neurodivergent teacher who is at a crossroads in her career and in her relationship with her boyfriend, Zack. With her sick leave finished, her principal demands she return to school, whether Phoenix feels ready or not. But when she receives an urgent plea from a friend in Tasmania who needs to rehome her beloved animals, Phoenix, who has always led with her heart, spontaneously decides to help.

When she suddenly finds herself the custodian of an eccentric dog, two cats, a clutch of chickens and a geriatric pony, she makes another snap decision – to provide a new home for them all herself. The trouble is, she will have to drive the menagerie all the way back to Brisbane in time to return to Zack and her job – and she cannot do it alone. 

She enlists the help of Lily – a colourful younger woman who is also neurodivergent – as well as resourceful members of their online community. Together the new friends must navigate unexpected twists, setbacks and moments of heartbreak and triumph as they both move towards a new identity and understanding of themselves.

As well, they seem to be collecting ever-more stray animals along the journey . . .

The Wonderful Thing about Phoenix Rose is a joyful and moving tale of a woman’s commitment to fulfilling a friend’s dying wish, while finding her own inner strength and power and sharing it with others along the way.

Australia’s first #ownvoices general fiction novel by an openly neurodivergent female author, with an openly neurodivergent female lead and a nearly entire neurodivergent supporting cast.

You can pre-order The Wonderful Thing About Phoenix Rose right now!

Here’s a few links to get you started:





Angus & Robertson

Book Depository (best for orders outside Australia and New Zealand).


Praise for Josephine’s work…

“Josephine Moon just gets better and better… and she was already great.” (Better Reading)

“utterly charming” (Apple Books)

“… a scrumptious setting, a delectable cast of characters, lots of tasty treats and a heavenly plot…” (Happy Valley Books Read)

“full of everything we need right now” (Mary-Lou Stephens)

“You can’t go wrong with a book by Josephine Moon” (Vanessa Carnevale)