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The Helpline

The Helpline

Katherine Collette

  • awardLonglisted, Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction, 2019
  • Germaine Johnson may not be all that good with people but she’s great with numbers. Unfortunately, as she discovers after the incident at Wallace Insurance, there are very few openings these days for senior mathematicians.

    Then her cousin gets her a job at the council. On the Senior Citizens Helpline.

    It’s not the resume entry Germaine wanted—but it turns out Mayor Verity Bainbridge has something more interesting in mind for her. A secret project involving the troublemakers at the senior citizens centre and their feud with the golf club next door. Which is run by the strangely attractive Don Thomas.

    Don and the mayor want the seniors closed down.
    Germaine wants what Don and the mayor want. But when she’s forced to get to know the ‘troublemakers’—things get more complicated.

    A sharp, witty, big-hearted comedy from a hilarious new Australian writer, Katherine Collette’s The Helpline is about people power and brain power—and the difficulty of getting them to work together.

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    ABC Radio Melbourne, The Conversation Hour
      
    ABC Radio National: Hub on Books
    Broadsheet Melbourne ‘The Helpline is populated with prickly women who are often terse or unkind to the people around them. And it’s wonderful.’
    Channel 7, The Daily Edition

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    Radio NZ: Nine to Noon
    Overland (October in Fiction)
    The Spinoff: Papercuts podcast (38:30)
    Sydney Morning Herald ‘The character of Germaine, endearing but far from cutesy, is the great triumph of this accomplished debut.’

    Katherine Collette
    About the Author

    Katherine Collette is a writer and environmental engineer. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. The Helpline is her first novel.

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    Extent:
    400pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    3 September 2018
    ISBN:
    9781925603606
    AU Price:
    $29.99
    NZ Price:
    $37.00
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    Praise for Katherine Collette
    andThe Helpline

    ‘The character of Germaine, endearing but far from cutesy, is the great triumph of this accomplished debut.’

    ‘Witty and unexpectedly charming, The Helpline is genuinely hilarious.’

    The Helpline is populated with prickly women who are often terse or unkind to the people around them. And it’s wonderful.’

    Other editions ofThe Helpline
    • The Helpline
      ebook
      ISBN: 9781925626643
      3 September 2018
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