The Help

The Help

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Kathryn Stockett

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141039280
  • ISBN 13: 9780141039282
  • Sales rank: 50

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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. Its 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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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. This is her first novel.

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By Christine Emmett 06 Dec 2011 5

Don't start reading this if you are busy! Even when you have been forced to put it down you will be thinking about it and wanting to get back to it.

By Natalie Negre 11 Nov 2011 5

I think I have never written a review but this book deserves to be recommended! This is one of the best books I have ever read! Touching, suspenseful, the characters are interesting and real - I could not put it down!

By Stefania Di Maggio 03 Nov 2011 5

Simply great! Well written, the author dealt with a taugh theme in a marvellous way! and really, you can't stop reading 'til it'ìs over!

By Maggie Swithenbank 02 Nov 2011 5

Absolutely loved it! Far better than the movie, altho that was quite good, too! It's one of those stories that sticks with you and you can't believe this kind of thing was happening less than 50 years ago...

By Elizabeth Sinclair 30 Aug 2011 5

This is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in many years...it draws you deep into the lives of the characters & you cannot fail to be moved.

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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 Outstanding, immensely funny, very compelling, brilliant Daily Telegraph Immensely readable Observer Daring, vitally important and very courageous, I loved and admired The Help. Fantastic -- Marian Keyes A laugh-out-loud, vociferously angry must-read Marie Claire Touching, disgraceful, funny. Highly recommended Daily Mail Utterly brilliant She Remarkable, shocking, brave, brilliant Easy Living Wonderfully engaging dialogue Good Housekeeping A compelling, great first novel, with soaring highs, poignant side stories and laugh-out-loud anecdotes. You'll be sorry to finish it Psychologies A winning story of courage and truth Woman & Home A brisk, involving read Metro An exciting and atmospheric story -- Rachel Cooke Observer Books of the Year A wise, poignant novel. You'll catch yourself cheering out loud People