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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help

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The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. It is about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other - and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you...

Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year 2010.

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 27 June 2010.

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If you like Kathryn Stockett you might also like to read books by Deborah Johnson, Tom Franklin and Barbara Kingsolver.


The Help 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 * 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 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 *

About the Author

Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, 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.

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29th September 2011


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Penguin Books Ltd


464 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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