Sometimes you have to open your door to the unexpected ...

Hester and Harriet, two widowed sisters who share a home, like their routine. But when they take in first a young girl and her tiny baby they find hiding in a bus shelter and then their truculent teenage nephew, their orderly lives are turned upside down. Seven days of mystery, mayhem and danger ensue - and nothing will never be the same again.

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About Hilary Spiers

Hilary Spiers is a novelist, award-winning short story writer and playwright, who writes about ordinary women in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. She believes women's complex and fascinating lives deserve more scrutiny than they often get.

Her literary agents are Gregory & Company. She is currently working on her second novel featuring Hester and Harriet.

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Many thanks

Thanks to all the delightful hosts of Hilary's seven-stop blog tour for the launch of Hester & Harriet. Reviews and interviews can be read here.

Hester & Harriet is now available as an audiobook from W F Howes.

Hilary's second book about Hester and Harriet is due out in Australia and the UK in March 2017.

On Such A Full Sea

Hilary is working with Eastern Angles on a short play about climate change and flooding. On Such A Full Sea is to be performed at the Peterborough Green Festival on 13 August 2016.

Ripe for Improvement

Hilary's one-act play Ripe for Improvement has been selected by Drip Action Theatre Company for the Arundel Festival Theatre Trail (20 - 29 August). She is also one of four playwrights shortlisted for the New Perspectives Long Play Competition for her play Ladybird, Ladybird.

First Do No Harm,

First Do No Harm, Hilary's play (short-listed for the Ronald Duncan Award) based on real events in the Fens at the start of the welfare state immediately prior to WW1, toured the East and West Midlands in September/October 2014, having opened at BirminghamFest in July 2014. It was produced by Tea and Tenacity Theatre Company. Click here or click here for reviews.

Her plays Hoovering on the Edge, Pecking Order and Painting from Memory are now available from the National Operatic and Drama Association who also handle the performance rights.

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Hoovering on the Edge

Performed in the UK and Australia, Hoovering on the Edge charts the unlikely friendships that develop between seven very different women , tutored by one hapless male - on a summer writing holiday. Sun, sangria and storytelling , what could possibly go wrong...! Meet Moira the tactless hypochondriac, Clare the dippy yoga teacher, and feisty Rita, to name but a few, as the women embark on a voyage of discovery about themselves, their hopes and their dreams - and uncover some surprising home truths. Click here for reviews.

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