The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback; 5th Printing edition (May 5 2009)

ISBN-13: 978-0385341004

Synopsis: “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humour as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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Dear Reader,

I am ashamed to say that the reason I picked up this book was because I saw the movie trailer, but I would be lying if I said anything else. This book has been sitting on my shelf for almost 10 years collecting dust… Like I said, I am ashamed. And if you are in the same situation, letting the book collect dust on your shelf without being read, you should be ashamed to.

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY is a mouthful of a title – and a truly one of a kind amazing book. Told in back-and-forth letters primarily between Juliet, a writer from London, and the people of the Island of Guernsey in the English Channel, the story follows the characters as they heal from the Second World War.

I have to admit, reading a story that is only in letter format is never easy, and I really struggled with this on; I had to keep notes for the first half of the book to help myself remember which character was who. But quickly the very loveable characters became apart of my own life and there was no struggling remembering who they were any more!

Healing, love, family – these are all themes of this book, but what I will always remember are the characters – all so loveable and real, I wish I could walk into the book and meet them all for myself. This is a book that should be on every readers book list… and I suspect it will be now with the movie coming to Netflix. READ FIRST, then watch the movie! – always my motto.

Definitely a new all time favourite to add to my list.


Sleep Less, Read More

Rating: 9.5/10 

* Netflix film available now! *

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