Historical Fiction  

The Help (Paperback)

Kathryn Stockett

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Jackson, Mississippi in 1962 was home to a vanished and unjust world. Black maids raised white children, but weren't trusted not to steal. Meawhile, three women are about to embark on a compelling friendship - they are Aibileen, who is raising her 17th white child and nursing the pain caused by the tragic death of her son, the sassy cook Minny and the white Miss Skeeter, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. No one would believe the three of them would become friends, and fewer still would tolerate it. But in Kathryn Stockett's The Help, the three very different women manage to find the courage to cross boundaries and come to depend and rely upon one another. This extraordinary story is one to truly cherish.


Product Details

  • Product code: AAAAX
  • ISBN: 9780141039282
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.6cm x 13.1cm
  • Pages: 464
  • Publish date: Thu May 13 00:00:00 BST 2010
  • Book points: 8

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Brilliant -

So much better than the film, (although that was good). I think it probably has more relevance for Americans, as a view of their history. It just grabs you as a person to realise that these things happened not so long ago and why America still has a long road ahead.

Bateyes , Mon Jan 18 01:44:23 GMT 2016

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Gripping read that draws you in. -

The film was good but the book is by far better. This book made me angry at the unjustness, cry and marvel at the strength women in the face of adversity. Showing true grit, bravery and friendship - this story also had moments to make to smile and believe there is hope when we work together.

Sunny , Wed Oct 14 09:00:11 BST 2015

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Eye-opening -

Eye opening. We know of the racism of the South and of some of the amazing men and women that confronted it and forced change. But this shows that among ordinary people there were heroes too, including some whites, while other whites quietly behaved decently. Sadly many didn't. Ordinary people played their part in making change happen. This book tells some of their stories. I feel I could visit Mississippi now. Sue.

Sue , Fri Feb 01 18:17:10 GMT 2013

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"Better than the film" -

The film is tipped to receive a number of Oscars, but even so, the book is much better! I first heard of it when it was broadcast on Woman's Hour, and was gripped so much that I only listened to one episode and waited until I could read the book for myself. The atmosphere of the South in the 60s is captured absolutely. The awful racism is presented in its stupid inconsistencies. Mothers who hand over the care and upbringing of their babies to their 'helps', and who are more than willing to eat what they cook, yet cannot bear to let them use the same toilets, exposes this hypocrisy. As in everything, there is humour too. I highly recommend it - even after you have seen the film!

Lorna , Thu Feb 02 12:06:01 GMT 2012

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"Unmissable" -

This is a fabulous read! I am too young to remember the Civil Rights Movement, but this gave me a real insight. It is a tale of inspirational women told with a mixture of humour and pathos. It should be read by our children to inform them of the dangers of racism and I hope it finds a place onto A Level English courses soon.

Sharon , Tue Jan 31 14:20:53 GMT 2012

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