Hester and Harriet: Love, Lies and Linguine

Hilary Spiers

RRP: £8.99

2 March 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760294663

RRP: £3.99

2 March 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781952535291

Hester and Harriet lead comfortable lives in a pretty cottage in an English village. Having opened their minds, home and hearts to Daria, a mysterious migrant, and her baby son Milo, the widowed sisters decide to further expand their own horizons by venturing forth to Italy for their annual holiday.

Back in England, Daria and Milo are celebrating – they’ve received official refugee status with papers to confirm they can make England their home. Meanwhile, nephew Ben, who knows only too well how much he owes his aunts, is hurtling towards a different sort of celebration – one he’s trying to backpedal out of as fast as he possibly can.

With a huge secret hanging between the sisters, an unlikely new love on the landscape for Hester and new beginnings also beckoning for Harriet, Italy provides more opportunities for adventure than either of them could ever have imagined. But which ones will Hester and Harriet choose?

As Hester and Harriet throw all their cards on the table in Italy, and potential catastrophe threatens Ben in England, it’s anyone’s guess how chaos will be kept at bay.


It is a charming read, about normal people and the extraordinary things that happen to them at times, but also about life, and confronting things you don't necessarily want to confront.
The Book Muse

The gentle humour and relaxed pace make this an enjoyable read.

A delightfully British story... An engaging read.
Women's Weekly on HESTER AND HARRIET

Spiers succeeds in her aim of "giving a voice to ordinary women in sometimes extraordinary circumstances".
Sydney Morning Herald on HESTER AND HARRIET

Spiers has created a lovely holiday or weekend read here with smart, funny and quirky main characters who go on a journey of discovering things they didn't even realise were missing from their lives. This is an easy, entertaining read perfect for long summer days or that rainy Saturday afternoon.
Queensland Times on HESTER AND HARRIET