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Hester and Harriet

UK Publisher: Allen and Unwin

A captivating drama with a wonderfully dry comic touch, HESTER AND HARRIET features two unconventional and gutsy sixty-something sisters. Wilfully oblivious to the social niceties of their conventional little village, they have compassionate natures and a secret desire to break out from the quiet rut their lives are in.

Hester and Harriet are reluctantly driving to their well-meaning relatives’ on Christmas Day when they come across a frail young woman sheltering in a bus stop with her tiny baby. Their desire to get out of the meal, along with concern for this woman, takes them down an unexpected route… One which leads all involved down rather dangerous paths and affords the sisters a glimpse into a side of life far removed from their cosy shared house. 

Comparable titles include Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

HESTER AND HARRIET introduces two memorable characters whose warmth, wit, and guile infuse a refreshing and compelling crime drama.


‘Harriet and Hester are unforgettable characters and what appears at first to be yet another cosy village read,complete with brambles and apple pie, turns out to be so much more.’ – Brisbane News

‘This is a great read. The sisters are wonderful characters filled with life, and the story has lots of quirky village characters. Hester and Harriet would be a perfect addition to your summer reading list.’ Good Reading

 ‘Spiers succeeds in her aim of “giving a voice to ordinary women in sometimes extraordinary circumstances”.’ Canberra Times

‘The gentle humour and relaxed pace make an enjoyable read.’ – The Daily Mail. 

‘Sparkling with humour, this entertaining mystery set in a quaint English village takes on the very modern issues of illegal foreign workers and generational misunderstandings.’ Who Weekly