HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy

The hilarious and heartbreaking novel from the bestselling author

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Pub Date Aug 01 2024 | Archive Date Aug 01 2024

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An outrageously funny, heartbreaking read – when Ruby finds out she has cancer on the brink of her 50th birthday, she decides to start living instead of complying...

Ruby has always been the generous mediator among her friends, family and colleagues, which is why they’ve all turned up to celebrate her 50th birthday.

But after too many glasses of champers, Ruby takes her moment in the spotlight to reveal what she really thinks of every one of them. She accuses her husband of having an affair and lambasts her mother for a lifetime of playing her three daughters against each other – it’s blisteringly brutal.

As the stunned gathering gawks at Ruby, the birthday girl reveals that she has terminal cancer, and has cashed in her life savings to take her two estranged sisters cruising into the sunset for a dose of HRT – Husband Replacement Therapy. But is Ruby being courageous or ruthlessly selfish?

Praise for Kathy Lette:
‘Fabulous, fast-paced, funny & unapologetically female. Nobody does it better.’ DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE, THE GUILTY FEMINIST
‘Deliciously rude and darkly funny, but with compassion and humanity at its heart. Read with relish.’ NICOLE KIDMAN
‘Kathy Lette can turn from raunchy farce to the most tender emotion in a trice.’ STEPHEN FRY

An outrageously funny, heartbreaking read – when Ruby finds out she has cancer on the brink of her 50th birthday, she decides to start living instead of complying...

Ruby has always been the generous...

Advance Praise

Feminist social satire. Lette’s swingeing irreverence still has the juice to make you laugh out loud. CAMERON WOODHEAD, THE AGE

We devoured Kathy’s newy over a chardonnay in one sitting! She’s the thinking lady’s hornbag. KATH AND KIM

Feminist social satire. Lette’s swingeing irreverence still has the juice to make you laugh out loud. CAMERON WOODHEAD, THE AGE

We devoured Kathy’s newy over a chardonnay in one sitting! She’s the...

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HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy,is the latest laugh out loud,with the occasional cringe at "too much information", from the deservedly popular Kathy Lette.

When Ruby discovers that she has terminal cancer on the eve of her 50th Birthday celebrations she delivers a drink-fuelled "what have I got to lose" speech that would make Frankie Boyle blush. Giving the assembled (about to be former) friends and family both barrels she rounds off an exceptional piece of oratory by very publicly revealing that having seen his phone messages her husband is having an affair. The next day,hung over but glad that she's outed the liars,losers and hypocrites in her life she receives a letter........informing her that there's been a mistake and she doesn't have cancer after all.
Having deeply insulted the 2 sisters she'd booked a "farewell cruise" with Ruby manages to convince them not to back out.........which they only agree to as they still think she's dying, Keeping her not so little secret Ruby and her sisters set sail on a holiday involving much debauchery and exploring much more than the Pacific Ocean.

While this is a very funny book it's also insightful and often moving as Ruby and her sisters look at the lives they've got,or rather have settled for,and what they really want. It's a bit of a roller coaster that successfully mixes humour and pathos, one scene in particular comes out of the blue and kicks the reader in the guts while the family Christmas is the funniest thing I've read for a long time.

It's rude,often crude, extremely funny and unpredictable,just as I thought it was winding down ..............well you'll have to read it for yourself to find out.

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I’ve seen Kathy Lette on television over the years and she always comes across as a great racanteur. Despite that, I hadn’t read any of her books before until now and HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy. As I was reading it, I could absolutely hear Lette’s voice!

Ruby announces at her alcohol fuelled 50th Birthday bash that she has incurable terminal cancer and uses it as an opportunity to tell some jaw-dropping home truths to her family and friends. I mean what did she have to lose? It’s a totally mesmerising car crash of extreme awkwardness. Still on a roll, she announces in her speech that she’s taking her sisters Emerald and Amber with her on a Farewell Cruise around South Pacific islands. It’s her dying wish that her sisters Amber and Emerald bury the hatchet and become better sisters and friends again.

Without wishing to reveal any spoilers - this book is a fast-paced funny and at times crude treat. It’s also about sisterhood in both senses of the word. It also reinforces that women in their 50s can do what they want and lead the lives that they want and deserve.

Huge thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, Aria & Aries, for making this e-ARC available to read in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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At her 50th birthday  party Ruby gets a bit drunk and tells her family and friends exactly what she thinks of them in a speech, before revealing that she has terminal cancer and that she will be taking her estranged sisters away on a once in a lifetime cruise to try to mend their relationship.

The next morning she wakes up with a banging hangover, finding that she has beclme a social pariah and her mum has written of her out of her will... and then discovers a message from her doctor saying that there has been an administrative error and she does not have cancer....

Realising that the expesnive cruise tickets are non-refundable Ruby is faced with a dilemma: should she fess up to her sisters Emerald and Amber, or use the opportunity to go away and mend bridges?

This is a very funny book, with relatable characters, i really enjoyed it!

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Certainly a fun and funny book which was entertaining throughout, with totally over-the-top situations. Totally barmy at times with three sister's, told from, Ruby's, the youngest, point of view when they come together on an unexpected 'cub' cruise. Not at all sedate as they all begin to relax with much drink and frolicking. Lot's of banter with some parts verging on too much information, although occasionally frustrating . Beneath all the fun the sister's do assess their pasts and in particular their marriages slowly becoming unraveled, the reader just doesn't know what will happen next.

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A really enjoyable funny book which I will certainly recommend to others.
Thanks for the opportunity to read & review it.

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This book was totally bonkers and a real breath of fresh air! Very funny if a little crude and vulgar at times. Fabulous characters and full of fun throughout.

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Reading this as a 50+ woman, some of it did resonate. I think we all wonder if this is it and having a shock does tend to focus the mind. I loved the three sisters and their dysfunctional dynamic fuelled by a mother who played them of against each other.

The antics on the cruise (which is not my idea of fun) made me laugh and the fact it was themed even more so.

You were willing them to all get their happy ever after - in whatever shape that it might take and maybe they go it!

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It’s prime Kathy Lette, what more do you need? This book in your life!! Buy it, kick back and enjoy.

Thank you netgalley & Kathy Lette for an advanced copy and brightening up my life.

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Absolutely brilliant, loved it. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me an advance copy, I will definitely be recommending.

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Grabbed me from the first page. Made me smile. A life ending diagnosis and a big birthday party. A chance to say everything you really thought as you find out your husband has been having an affair.
Throwing money and caution away, booking a three week cruise for you and your two sisters. The two sisters who don't speak due to darling mum's comments and manipulation.
Enjoy the fun, characters and maybe the truth happens along the way.
50 is the new 40, menopause is not the end. Find your passion and go for it.

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