The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book - 2008
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As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Dial Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781984801814
Characteristics: 277 pages :,maps ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie - Author


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Written in the form of letters (a lost art), this novel by an aunt-and-niece team has loads of charm and is an almost theatrical experience with a plethora of enthusiastic performances.

gilianw Dec 21, 2010

This is a wonderful book. If you like 84 Charing Cross Road, you will love this book. Funny, touching, lovely characters. Highly recommend this book

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AnnabelleLee27 Dec 26, 2019

The overall tone (witty) and style (epistolary) of this novel will not appeal to some readers but for many, like me, it will charm, touch, and be a deeply satisfying read. It is filled with quirky characters and is by turns humorous, heartbreaking, and inspiring. I did need to make a quick list of characters since I read in short, interrupted bursts and easily loose track when there are many characters as in this case and I would have loved an epilogue as the ending was quite abrupt. Still, this was a quick, funny, and satisfying read.

TSCPL_AlexH Dec 19, 2019

I adored this book. It's been a long time since I've read such a sweet story. Getting to know the characters through their letters was such a treat.

Dec 07, 2019

This is a lovely book, a compilation of letters written from the fictional author Juliet to and from old and new friends, leading us to the Channel Islands and stories of what life was like for those who lived in occupied territory during WW II. An absolutely delightful story. Perfect for those dark, chilly days of winter.

Aug 31, 2019

Easy, cute read. The movie on Netflix of this book didn't quite follow, but it was pretty good too.

Aug 11, 2019

When I read a description saying the book was all composed of "letters written," I thought,
"oh, no, what an inusual set up...I probably won't like it."
Glad to say...I was wrong. The letters-written format, written in relationship to each other,
was a delight of conversational continuity; funny people, funny phrases, thoughtful content.
A community of letter writers. strangers, friends; strangers who become friends.
(the lost art of letter writing, we should each revive in our lives.)

This book was a page turner; funny, funny; delightful; lovely, distinctive, educational, heart-warming.

Jul 04, 2019

One of my favorites

Jun 28, 2019

Hard to put this book down.
It is highly recommended for all ages.
Beautifully written and characters are superbly believable.
Tender, funny at times in unexpected moments.
The harsh reality of war is laid bare, no false patriotism or drum beating at any point in the narrative.
It both made me cry and made me laugh.
One of the best books I have read in months.

May 07, 2019

This is a remarkable book. It is for anyone interested in the history of English people during WW2.

Apr 28, 2019

An absolute hoot! Loved this book! Set during the aftermath of WWII, it brings humor and hope as people in Guernsey and Europe strive to recover from the destruction of war. Recovery is dark and difficult as portrayed in the book but the ever presence of human resilience makes this book very readable and enjoyable.

Mar 30, 2019

I loved this book from start to finish. It is a novel written entirely through letters between characters. If you are not interested in the format do not bother to pick up this novel at all. Being someone who misses letter writing this is a book that will never leave my favourites list. I was so captured by it I non stop read anytime I had free time. Of course that included one night up way too late but it was so worth it. The characters, the letters, and descriptions leave a wonderful impression of the people and landscape of Guernsey as they continue life after the second world war, but it offers a glimpse of what life was like when they were occupied by the Nazi's during the war. Juliet is a woman ahead of her time as she hopes and strives for those aims that seem to be over her head, she falls in love with the people of Guernsey, and once she arrives there the landscape itself has called her home. A book about book lovers, great authors, love, bravery, and the determination of life to continue at all costs. You will fall in love with these characters even those who you will only glimpse a few times. I just cannot describe all the ways that I love this book!

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"That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment."
— Mary Ann Shaffer (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)

Dec 19, 2018

“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive—all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Jan 20, 2018

"There wasn't a one of them who truly loved literature. Because that's what my cookery book was - sheer poetry in a pan." - Clara Saussey

Jan 20, 2018

"Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life." - Isola Pribby

Sep 09, 2013

"Come quick.... And bring a butcher knife."

Apr 16, 2010

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

Aug 24, 2009

"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."

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