Hester Vaizey studied for her BA, M Phil and PhD in History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She then took up a Hanseatic Scholarship from Oxford University. Following this she spent five years as a College Lecturer, Director of Studies and Admissions Tutor for the Arts at Clare College, Cambridge. More recently, Hester has been Head of Publishing at The National Archives in Kew. Hester is also the award-winning author of four books. She now works as a freelance writer for hire.

Hester has written for the books pages of the Financial Times, the Guardian, History Today, the Independent, the Spectator and the THES. She has worked as a researcher for the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Commission for Looted Art in Europe.

She has also spoken about her work at The Cheltenham Literary Festival and The Dulwich Literature Festival, as well as on The Today Programme, The Sunday Politics Show, London Live TV and the Discovery Channel.

Hester lives in London with her family.