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The Help

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    Kathryn Stockett(Author)

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.

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)

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  • By T. Wilson on 20 May 2017

    What an eye opener this book is. I read this book fairly quickly and was enthralled by how the Help's were treated in the fifties. Second class citizens, very hard working, a real education for me. Buy this book it will open your eyes as to how badly a lot of these people were treated. The book has great characters, some you love and some you hate, a great read.

  • By Hanat Balimuttajjo on 31 August 2013

    Best book ever. I don't think I can say more than this but my mind and heart shouts "more people have got to read this". It's more than the movie. It's life. It grips you at every page as you live, breathe and share each moment with these wonderful and inspiring women. I know the history of the south. But now I know a little of its people. They are real, inspiring and loveable. This is a must read. A message to all of us to change and look beyond our handicapped way of thinking defined by what we may think or believe to be socially acceptable, merely because we fear change, social exclusion, really seeing that what is in the ain't perfect and overcome insecurity to succeed. We're or can be our own worst enemy. But we can and must change. Abilene, Skeeter, Minny give us the courage to see, realize, accept and get out of our self made comfort zone and act. Do!Buy and Read

  • By Evelyn W on 21 August 2011

    I wanted to give this book a lower rating because of the rather cavalier way that the writer treated the real Aibileen in their court case but I really couldn't. The characters are wonderful, the picture of living both as a white woman and as a coloured one in Mississippi just at the very dawn of the Civil Rights movement makes you feel that you are in the middle of it. Two of the 'Helps' in particular, Minny and Aibileen herself are people you long to have living next door. The stuffy, convention-bound society of the white women is given just the right dash of humour. Who hasn't come across a Missus Hilly at some time, a woman whose personal authority is so great that she can make those who don't obey her into social pariahs? The appalling treatment of the coloured community by the white one is not preached at you but is all the more chilling as events happen to the characters you have come to love and and admire. And as a bonus, I've learnt a really good way of preparing a turkey for roasting.The book was so good that when I finished it, I felt bereft, like a friend had left town.

  • By judy b on 12 August 2017

    This is a brilliant book, funny in parts, extremely moving in others. I was so disappointed when I finished it - I wanted it to be much longer.I found myself completely involved in the problems of both sides - the hard lives of the maids, and also the privileged ( but possibly empty and pointless) lives of their employers.The affection between the maids and their young charges was a pleasant surprise for me, but showed another sad side to the story when the children and maids' relationship and bond was ended.And the funny thing is, the way the maids' dialogue is written, it even made me read their speech in a deep south accent!

  • By Em78 on 9 September 2017

    I wasn't sure about this book at the beginning I found it hard to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Aibelleen and Minny and loved the courage of Miss Skeeter. This book was an eye opener for me and I'll definitely be recommending it to others. I am now going to watch the movie but I bet it's not a touch on the book! Well done to everyone who helped put this amazing story/book together.

  • By Angela E on 3 May 2017

    The only book I have on Kindle as well as hard copy. An essential book in everyone,s library. Would make a great school text for historical and cultural reasons as well as for its excellent rounded characters, range of human emotions and gentle humour.

  • By Kindykidd on 8 August 2017

    I couldn't choose anything less than 5 stars, this was one of those books that I had to keep reading. One of those rare books that made me feel something whilst I was running it, I laughed and cried

  • By Cavo2 on 25 July 2017

    Outstanding book. I downloaded the audio book and the characters came alive. I was really hoping that the story was true and had taken place in the 1960s it would have been so wonderful. Enjoy....a must read especially if you want to educate yourself about 1960s racism. It wasn't that long ago.The dignity of the black characters was wonderful.

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