Harriet Versus The Galaxy

Illustrator: Jessica Flores

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Knights Of

Age 7+

Children's & Young Adult Fiction & True Stories

A hilarious and heartfelt debut from the multi-award winning, hearing aid wearing comedian, actor and author, Samantha Baines.

This intergalactic adventure starts at home with Harriet, who discovers that her hearing-aid can do more than she ever bargained for when she finds an alien in her room. Discovering that her family secretly works for an intergalactic agency, Harriet becomes the Earth's first line of defence as the only one who can understand the invaders. Sure, her hearing-aid helps her understand aliens from across the universe, but if only she could understand her own feelings as well.


Samantha Baines is an award-winning comedian and actress trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama currently starring in Magic Mike Live! in London's West End, directed by Channing Tatum. Samantha's acting credits include The Crown, Silent Witness, Call the Midwife, and several BBC comedies. Samantha is also a broadcaster and works regularly with BBC Radio stations including BBC Radio 4 an BBC Radio London. Samantha is an ambassador for the British Tinnitus Association and Action on Hearing Loss.


Baines’ writing turns the mundane magical.


It’s zany, It’s fun. It’s unique.

The Sunday Telegraph

There is a warmth and wisdom exuded through the authorial voice…Any child who feels on the outer would find comfort in the sassiness and quirkiness of Harriet.


Harriet Versus the Galaxy is a humorous first novel from well-known English comedian and actor Samantha Baines. With themes of gender orientation and hearing disability, along with examples of bullying, and strong friendships, particularly with an alien, the depth of the storyline will attract many followers.


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