The Help

By Kathryn Stockett | Paperback
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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 seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell..."The other side of "Gone with the Wind" - and just as unputdownable". ("The Sunday Times"). "A big, warm girlfriend of a book". ("The Times"). "Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has changed lives. It's direct descendent "The Help" has the same potential ...an astonishing feat of accomplishment". ("Daily Express").
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. "The Help" is her first novel. 

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FormatPaperback 
Pages464 
Dimensions198mm x 129mm x 28mm
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd 
Release Date7 Sep 2011 
ISBN-139780241956533 

Kerre's Choice

20 Jul 2010, 4:06pm | Review by Kerre Woodham
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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The Help

17 Oct 2013, 6:28am | Review by Faye Gurry
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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A very pleasant surprise!

12 Jul 2013, 9:21pm | Review by Andrea Callender
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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20 Jul 2012, 7:41am | Review by Christine Dixon
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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19 Jul 2012, 8:20pm | Review by Simonne Goodall
This is a fantastic book. The author brings the characters to life with lively descriptions and gripping storylines.
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6 Jun 2012, 4:48pm | Review by Louise Rhodes
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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The Help

16 May 2012, 7:13pm | Review by Tash Earley
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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THE HELP

15 May 2012, 9:22pm | Review by Natalie Burrel
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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18 Apr 2012, 9:59am | Review by Jonty Bennett
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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11 Apr 2012, 8:57pm | Review by Rachael Buckland
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, 12:52pm | Review by Sharon Shearer
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, 10:43am | Review by Christine Dixon
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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The Help

11 Apr 2012, 9:01am | Review by Kathleen Emmerson
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, 8:19am | Review by Carol Dougherty
I loved every minute of this book. I hope the movie does the book justice too.
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16 Mar 2012, 4:21pm | Review by Jo Franklin
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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15 Mar 2012, 10:31am | Review by Anthea Lewis
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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Can't Wait

14 Mar 2012, 5:25pm | Review by Lee Tua
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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"The Help"

14 Mar 2012, 1:02pm | Review by Amanda Koekemoer
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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Fantastic

3 Mar 2012, 10:20am | Review by Shelley Newbery
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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Loved the movie and the book!

10 Feb 2012, 12:59pm | Review by Frances Anderson
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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The Help

10 Feb 2012, 12:57pm | Review by Suzie King
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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"The Help"

10 Jan 2012, 10:45pm | Review by Sandra Ginever
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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20 Nov 2011, 3:47pm | Review by Sue Miller
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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1 Oct 2011, 11:28pm | Review by Nicola Culliford-Semmens
Really looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the great review
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22 Sep 2011, 8:16pm | Review by Elise Tilsley
Absolutly loved this book, worth every penny, a great read and i would reccomend it to ayone:)
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21 Sep 2011, 5:41pm | Review by Wendy Browne
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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