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Katherine Collette
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The Helpline

Katherine Collette


Text Publishing Company

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


304 pages

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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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By:   Katherine Collette
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   496g
ISBN:   9781925603606
ISBN 10:   1925603601
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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

`Cleverly conceived and plotted, wryly comic, good-hearted and consistently engaging.' * NZ Listener * `The great buzz for this book is warranted.' * Booklover Book Reviews * `Cockle warming human moments to lift you up.' * 2SER * `An endearing story about power, ambition, greed and friendship.' * Readings * `Wonderfully quirky.' * Good Reading * `Many readers today are searching for light but clever comic writing with a bit of a punch; they will happily find it in Katherine Collette's debut.' * Books + Publishing * `I fully recommend this book. I just loved it.' * ABC Sydney * `Delightful feelgood fun.' * Toni Jordan *

  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction 2019 (Australia)
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