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 194mm x 30mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0241956536
  • ISBN 13: 9780241956533
  • Sales rank: 2,026

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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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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.

Customer reviews

By Judit Zöld 06 Mar 2013 5

I could'nt put it down... I was amazed, enchanted - though the book's story is absolutely not a "fiction", I mean it could have happened.

I was enthralled by the characters, I loved them all. The book continues the tradition of great old time classics in its writing, language and brilliant storytelling. There's nothing light or easy about it, even so its such an entertaining, fun read!

When I'd finished, i wondered if there ever would be a book as good as it was. And though I read some good books since then... But The Help is still at the top of my list of favourites :)

By ALINA DICU 07 Feb 2013 5

I couldn't get my hand off until I've finished it!
I liked the story, the characters and most of all their way they speak and act.
Fully recommend!

By Mohammed Talat Ebrahim 06 Aug 2012 5

Don't think twice. This is one of the books that actually EVERYONE MUST read. Enough said.

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.

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The other side of Gone with the Wind - and just as unputdownable 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 Outstanding, immensely funny, very compelling, brilliant Daily Telegraph 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