Reviews for The Helpline:

“I fully recommend this book. I just loved it.” - ABC Sydney

“Many readers today are searching for light but clever comic writing with a bit of punch; they will happily find it in Katherine Collette’s debut.” - Books and Publishing

“The great buzz for this book is warranted” - Booklover Book Reviews

“Cleverly conceived and plotted, wryly comic, good hearted and consistently engaging.” - NZ Listener

“Beautifully intimate, authentic and accessible.” - Better Reading

“A sharp, subversive social comedy.” - Weekend Herald

“The character of Germaine, endearing but far from cutsey, is the great triumpth of thei accomplished debut.” - Sydney Morning Herald

“I like it more than Eleanor Oliphant… Great Fun” - Radio New Zealand

“Witty and unexpectedly charming. The Helpline is genuinely hilarious” - Overland

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


“A charming book with no bad stuff” - Papercuts

Germaine Johnson never met a pie chart she didn’t like. People? Not so much. So when she loses her job as senior mathematician and goes to work on the council’s Senior Citizen’s Helpline, it’s…

Well, let’s just say the best thing about it is the free biscuits.

Then Mayor Verity Bainbridge approaches Germaine about something more interesting. 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.