Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

The Help to hit the big screen


It was never expected to be read by anyone according to its author. Forty-five literary agents rejected it and its subject matter was deemed “alienating”. But sometimes a book is so cleverly crafted and ignites such affection and connection with its characters– despite being set in a decade and political landscape a million miles from our own –that it goes on to sell more than 4 million copies, in three languages and stays on The New York Times bestseller list for over a year.

Such is the case with Kathryn Stockett’s The Help – a 2009 novel which explores the relationships between black maids and their white employers in pre-civil rights Mississippi in the early Sixties. Now the book which provided engaging reading fodder for commutes, beach holidays and insomnia has been made into a film.

Just the words ‘book adaptation’ are enough to make many literary fans nervous – so many before have tarnished the characters created on the page. But after watching a preview of the film (which isn’t out in the UK until late October), Stylist can reassure you that of all the big book adaptations on the horizon – Lone Scherfig’s take on One Day and Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About KevinThe Help is the most loyal to the author’s pages.

With rising star Emma Stone as Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan, and a very funny turn from Octavia Spencer as Minny, it’s Viola Davis’ role as bereaved mother and maid Aibileen Clark, who will really win your heart, just as she does in the book. Add a perfectly nostalgic colourful Sixties decor and you have one of the most exciting, eagerly anticipated films of the year.

The Help is out 28 October. Watch the official trailer for The Help here.



"Why is so much junk thrown at politicians?"


Amy Winehouse: how twitter broke the news



The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize has been revealed

This author broke records to scoop the hottest literary prize of the year

by Francesca Brown
26 Oct 2016

Disney’s latest film project is big news for bookworms everywhere

What the Dickens?

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Oct 2016

Roald Dahl and Bake Off collide to make 5 amazing recipes

Forget Bake Off – it’s time for Quentin Blake-Off

by Kayleigh Dray
25 Oct 2016

Meet Jessika M., the queen of serial killer collectors

What makes a woman collect gruesome true crime memorabilia, from knives to letters and locks of hair?

by Moya Crockett
25 Oct 2016

Harry Potter fans, there's a real-life Hogwarts - and you can attend

Excuse us, we’re just heading to Diagon Alley for school supplies…

by Kayleigh Dray
24 Oct 2016

Harry Potter fans, there's a Roald Dahl collaboration in the works

Are you ready for a magical Willy Wonka prequel?

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a new line of fiction books

She’s channelling her inner Carrie Bradshaw…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

New Ladybird books for grown-ups are all our work woes

Old pics, new problems

by Anna Pollitt
18 Oct 2016

These are the UK’s favourite pearls of Winnie-the-Pooh wisdom

He’s far more than a bear of very little brain, you know.

by Moya Crockett
14 Oct 2016

Bridget Jones's author on life, love and the importance of friendship

“No one can have it all”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Oct 2016