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By Kathryn Stockett | Paperback | 27 Review(s)

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"The Help" is the phenomenal international bestseller (that inspired the Oscar nominated film) by Kathryn Stockett. Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...There's Aibileen, raising her... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
07 Sep 2011
Author(s)
Kathryn Stockett
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN-13
9780241956533
Dimensions
129mm x 198mm x 28mm
Pages
464
Format
Paperback
Release Date
07 Sep 2011
Author(s)
Kathryn Stockett
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN-13
9780241956533
Dimensions
129mm x 198mm x 28mm
Pages
464

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This is a beauty. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, when the nascent civil rights movement in America was starting to gather momentum, it’s the story of the black maids and the white ladies they serve. Aibileen and Minny raise other women’s children; they wash the sheets and underwear of their employers; they bear witness to the joys and tragedies of their employers’ lives. But to all intents and purposes, they are invisible. None of the women they serve treats... them as equals - in the food chain, they’re only slightly higher than household pets. Skeeter, the 22-year-old daughter of a cotton family, is different. She’s just returned home after four years at college and she wants to be a writer. Her beautiful mother despairs - all she wants is for Skeeter to be married, but with Skeeter six feet tall in her stocking feet, that’s going to be a hard task. Skeeter is desperate to escape before she’s married off, and knows she needs to come up with a sensational story to get a foot in the door at a reputable magazine. She decides to write the story of the maids: their views of the people they serve and the world they are a part of, but to which they’re denied entry. It seems like a brilliant idea, but at a time when men are gunned down in front of their families for being a part of the civil rights movement, and when black women can get their tongues cut out for talking back to white women, the consequences of speaking the truth can be deadly. It’s a cracker of a read.

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Loved this book, it was definitely worth spending the money to buy this one! I admired Skeeter, she was a woman with a mind of her own and one I would like to think that I would have stood beside. Behind the lovely story was a sense of danger which gave it an edge. Reading it I often felt angry over the injustice of it all.
07 Sep 2010 21:04:04 | Jemma Joines

This book was the first one that our bookclub read. I loved this book, it was a book I normally wouldn't have read but am so glad I did. I have and would recommend this book to anyone and everyone to read.
22 Nov 2010 17:27:01 | Jenny Laverock

I loved this book and was so pleased when my 16 year old daughter picked it up and read it also. She is now using it for her Year 12 English assignments. Skeeter was an admirable woman of her time and one that I would wish to be like in the era she lived in. A story of a strong woman living in a time where colour mattered so much and injustice and unfairness amongst races was acceptable. We would recommend this book, as a great read - very humbling.
09 Mar 2011 19:46:17 | TONI

This book has been passed around the staffroom and everyone has enjoyed reading it. The book grips you right to the very end.
22 Jun 2011 09:23:06 | Tanya Borck

Not normally the sort of book I would read, but was somehow drawn to it - really enjoying it.
26 Jul 2011 18:34:33 | Tracey O'Connor

I read this book a few years ago, loved it in a bitter sweet kind of way....
17 Aug 2011 08:35:34 | LESLEY BUTCHER

Well done Kerri. Your review was has caught the attention of far too many. "Out of Stock
17 Aug 2011 13:23:50 | Bernice Houghton

THE HELP.just loved this book.read it in 3days.,agreat read to the end,I have recommend it to lots of my friends.thanks lesley nikora
25 Aug 2011 18:55:51 | Lesley Nikora

I have been gagging to read this book since I saw the movie trailer recently... we all know the book is always better than the movie (except in the case of Stephen King's 'Misery', obviously).
21 Sep 2011 20:58:05 | Tamzen Rillstone

I am going to look for this right away. Though I grew up in the Southern US and consider myself blessed to have done so, I have never been able to 'buy into' the prejudices the Southern US is known for. The book really appeals to me. Thanks Kerre.
22 Sep 2011 07:22:26 | Virginia Bearden

I have seen the movie, which I loved so was interested in reading Kerres' review, thanks Kerre
07 Oct 2011 19:14:40 | Jenny Latto

Thanks for the great review Kerre. Have heard loads about this book and have been looking for a new book to read. Was tempted to get this for my upcoming holiday and your review has sealed the deal
10 Feb 2012 13:55:25 | Karla Byrnes

brilliant review Kerre - you have me chomping at the bit to read it - will definitely be doing that before I see the film!!
10 Feb 2012 20:01:27 | Millie Thomas

Hard to imagine a time like that being born in a different time and place myself. Definitely will read it before seeing the movie!
11 Feb 2012 14:28:35 | Anna Vincent

I have heard only good things about this book..I want to read it before I see the movie. I have to say that I always prefer the books to the movies anyway. Thank you
12 Feb 2012 15:08:49 | Vicky Marshall

I watched the movie and loved it now I would love to read the book Story of a group of woman in time when speaking out wasnt done .I would love to read as often the books have so much more in them.
16 Feb 2012 21:06:44 | Linda Hammond

I love the sound of this book i didn't get to see the movie so this is one i definitely want to buy
14 Mar 2012 13:25:23 | Annette Hynes

By reading this review it seems like a book i would love to read, i haven't watched the movie yet either but will do. I feel sad for all the black maids having to wait on white ladies, there are so many movies about it and it's just not nice. They were treaded so unfair, i am glad society has changed a lot since then.
14 Mar 2012 14:57:21 | Leanne Le sueur

I have read this book and thought it was amazing. I did watch the movie before I read the book but I thought the book was better than the movie.
15 Mar 2012 21:18:15 | Ashley Perkin

loved this book well written lots of laughs and lots of sadness recommend to everyone
11 Apr 2012 07:39:56 | Monika Nowakowsky

Really enjoyed reading this book as did my teenage daughter. Beautifully written, funny, heartbreaking and very readable for all ages.
11 Apr 2012 08:10:58 | Ngaire Kitson

A great book. I couldn't put it down. I am just hoping that the movie dose it justice. It makes you realise how lucky we are. You are right Kerre it is a beauty
11 Apr 2012 12:50:56 | Sue Sutherland

Definately want to read this before seeing the movie!
11 Apr 2012 18:01:48 | Penny Meredith

A good read for a wet avo...
14 Apr 2012 14:45:09 | Marilyn Whiteley

I realised part way into this book that I'd already read it (and had lent my copy out). Never mind, it was just as good second time around. Can't wait to catch the DVD now.
15 May 2012 19:16:34 | Niki Bailey

Kerre - I agree. Although the story is fictitious, it rings so very true. There are repercussions in speaking up and for remaining quiet. Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny strive to be courageous, to bring their stories to life in a time of much turbulence. Honest and loveable characters. Tears and laughter - a joy to read.
15 May 2012 21:51:59 | Ann Costa

I loved this book - the stories, humour, tolerance and despair of the maids during their lives and the lives of the various families they serve. Fantastic.
17 May 2012 04:02:25 | Elizabeth Bell

Reading this at the moment and it is VERY hard to put down, I'm always just one more chapter and I'll turn out the light but three or so chapters later I'm turning out the light. I'll have to watch the movie next.
06 Jun 2012 21:38:01 | Tash Earley

Really appreciate Kerry's review! Makes me want to read the book. Have heard about it, now with this review....I must read it!
19 Jul 2012 22:38:36 | Jillian Walst

Great review Kerre, loved this book too - read it on the strength of your review, thanks for that!
20 Jul 2012 00:03:44 | Rebecca McLeod

Loved the movie so really want to read the book - though I usually like to do it the other way round. Great review, thanks Kerre.
20 Jul 2012 06:01:22 | Vicky Marshall

Judging by all the reviews and the amount of people I've seen carrying the book while on holiday - I need to buy this!
26 Nov 2013 09:28:22 | Julia Butler

I agree that this is a beauty! It is a special story about a special woman. I have recommended it to all of my friends. The movie is excellent as well.
06 Feb 2014 23:28:29 | Tracy Bellamy

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05 Jul 2014
By Jackie Liddy
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Great book. Such a great read and hard to put down.

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17 Oct 2013
By Faye Gurry
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The Help

I absolutely loved this book, what a story, had me hooked from the first page. The movie was good to. Well written

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17 Oct 2013
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12 Jul 2013
By Andrea Callender
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A very pleasant surprise!

Absolutely loved this book. Very easy to read and become emotionally involved in the story line. The type of book you walk away from feeling like you've learnt something of importance as well as having read an enjoyable story. Definitely recommend.

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12 Jul 2013
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20 Jul 2012
By Christine Dixon
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The Help

The movie was Awesome but oh so much more descriptive in the writing of this book I highly recommend you read this story.

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20 Jul 2012
By Christine Dixon
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19 Jul 2012
By Simonne Goodall
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This is a fantastic book. The author brings the characters to life with lively descriptions and gripping storylines.

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19 Jul 2012
By Simonne Goodall
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06 Jun 2012
By Louise Rhodes
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The Help

I could not put down this book, from page one I was fully hooked. The subject matter is one that should not be ignored and the voices in the book moved me to tears. I don't think I have cheered so loudly whilst reading a book (the pie is all I will say). I refuse to watch the movie as I know it won't be as fantastic as the book!

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06 Jun 2012
By Louise Rhodes
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16 May 2012
By Tash Earley
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The Help

My copy is arriving in the next few days and reading these reviews has me looking really forward to cuddling up under my blanket with a hot chocolate and delving into this story.

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16 May 2012
By Tash Earley
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15 May 2012
By Natalie Burrel
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THE HELP

Omg this book was amazing! i really really liked it! an amazing read!! but i watched the film first, thats how i got into the book. so oppinions may change if you read it in a different order! but man this is a fantastic book recommended for people 13 and up. LOVE IT MUST READ!! :D

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15 May 2012
By Natalie Burrel
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18 Apr 2012
By Jonty Bennett
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the help

ok so the help. it is a sad,happy book at the same time i love that they end up with a book about it. it really is about wot the black maids and wot they goon though ow and just saying now that the time this was going on it was the 1960's. but i think u all should read the book and the movie and u should see a big change between them.

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18 Apr 2012
By Jonty Bennett
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11 Apr 2012
By Rachael Buckland
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the help

loved this book!! be great to read more like it. movie also is good. highly recommend. as it's a struggle to find the time to read, let alone to chose a good book, kerre's reviews make it sooo much easier!

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11 Apr 2012
By Rachael Buckland
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11 Apr 2012
By Sharon Shearer
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The Help

The movie was great, the book was fantastic. The language that is used within the book was very life-like, you could imagine yourself listening in as the ladies talked. I have recommended this book to a couple of friends who also enjoyed the read, one so much that she brought her own copy.

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11 Apr 2012
By Sharon Shearer
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11 Apr 2012
By Christine Dixon
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The Help

This sounds like a awesome book to read.and one to make us appreciate that we don't live like that today in New Zealand, where we are a country of united nations of people that live in peace and harmony.

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11 Apr 2012
By Christine Dixon
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11 Apr 2012
By Kathleen Emmerson
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The Help

Loved the movie but the book was even better. We have come a long way in understanding all people have feelings-thank goodness. I gave the book to my 14 year old grandaughter and she loved it too. Kath Emmerson

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11 Apr 2012
By Kathleen Emmerson
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11 Apr 2012
By Carol Dougherty
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The Help

I loved every minute of this book. I hope the movie does the book justice too.

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11 Apr 2012
By Carol Dougherty
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16 Mar 2012
By Jo Franklin
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The Help

The movie was great. It did live up to the hype but the book was even BETTER. You get a real feeling of the times and of the deep South of America. Quite a few details were changed for the movie but the storyline in the book is deeper. Highly recommended.

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16 Mar 2012
By Jo Franklin
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15 Mar 2012
By Anthea Lewis
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The Help

What a wonderful book. I haven't read a book in ages that I couldn't put down. Intially the langauge was hard to master but once you got used to the southern way of speaking I was hooked. Scary to think that this was going on in our generation!

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15 Mar 2012
By Anthea Lewis
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14 Mar 2012
By Lee Tua
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Can't Wait

Really looking forward to reading this but I don't know if I can wait and not get the DVD out first. Reading the review and comments I'd best get motivated to get he book :)

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14 Mar 2012
By Lee Tua
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14 Mar 2012
By Amanda Koekemoer
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"The Help"

Saw the movie first but loved the book. Absolutley brilliant. So much emotion, laughter, sadness, guilt, but a wonderful journey through these womans lives. It is a must!!!

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14 Mar 2012
By Amanda Koekemoer
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03 Mar 2012
By Shelley Newbery
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Fantastic

The book is a brillant read. Reminds you how lucky we are and how it could of been for us. I love storys like this that remind us of what we have.

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03 Mar 2012
By Shelley Newbery
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10 Feb 2012
By Frances Anderson
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Loved the movie and the book!

I saw the movie first, and thought it was great. However, I have now just finished the book and if it is possible, the book is even better. I think it is the language that made it so good - you can really hear the characters speaking! I would recommend it to anyone - a great way to learn about what life was like for "the help" - and to remember that this happened in the not-too-distant past!

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10 Feb 2012
By Frances Anderson
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10 Feb 2012
By Suzie King
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The Help

Great read! Loved it! A lovely heartwarming story. Certainly what goes around comes around. Motto Be nice to each other regardless of race, religion, sex, etc...

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10 Feb 2012
By Suzie King
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10 Jan 2012
By Sandra Ginever
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"The Help"

I loved "the Help" from start to finish. I laughed out loud, I cried, I felt every emotion. Such bravery, courage, and sheer determination those women had in a segregated time in US history. The humour is seriously funny. I am so glad to have experienced the journey of those women, so carefully crafted by Kathryn Stockett, I can't wait until she writes another book! This one is a cracker alright.

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10 Jan 2012
By Sandra Ginever
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20 Nov 2011
By Sue Miller
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If you havent read this book already-get going! An insight into waht black maids had to put up with from their middle class white masters, in the 1960's no less! Brilliant story, just hope the movie does the book justice.

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20 Nov 2011
By Sue Miller
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01 Oct 2011
By Nicola Culliford-Semmens
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Really looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the great review

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01 Oct 2011
By Nicola Culliford-Semmens
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22 Sep 2011
By Elise Tilsley
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Absolutly loved this book, worth every penny, a great read and i would reccomend it to ayone:)

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22 Sep 2011
By Elise Tilsley
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21 Sep 2011
By Wendy Browne
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I enjoyed this book and became very involved with the characters. What became apparent to me was that the book could not have been written in the sixties owing to the Civil Rights movement and the activities of the Klu Klux Klan and in this story the viciousness of the key woman, Miss Hilly. How lucky we are in NZ not to have had a rampant group like the KKK! Though it would have been nice to have a happy ending for the romance of Miss Skeeter, it was pleasing that the author went for the career option instead. I might never look at chocolate cake in quite the same light again either.

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21 Sep 2011
By Wendy Browne
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