The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Paperback Book

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Paperback

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It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think what to write next.

Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it's not long before she begins to hear from other members.

As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.


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I adored this book! Such a charming story, nicely told solely through people's letters and at the same time an interesting history lesson on the occupation of Guernsey by the Germans during WWII. A quick and easy read - delightful!

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I wasn’t sure that I’d like this book, but I’m a great fan of epistolary novels, so I thought I’d give it a go. Now if I say that<i> Les Liaisons Dangereuses</i> is one of my favourite novels, you might think that this isn’t quite my cup of tea, and you’d almost be right, because I also love light and frothy fare and Shaffer’s tone and approach is very reminiscent of Nancy Mitford. I loved Juliet and her exchanges with Sidney and Sophie, which set the scene nicely for her easy exchanges of letters and growing friendship with Dawsey, Amelia, Isola, Eben and the other members of the society. I also loved her penchant for throwing things, book, teapots, when aroused. I did find that the pace dropped a little when Juliet moved to Guernsey. However I did like the gradual unravelling of Elizabeth’s, Christian’s and Kit’s sad story. Mary Ann Shaffer seems to have done her research and manages to show her understanding of what the people of Guernsey went through during and after the Occupation without undue sentimentality or sensation. I’m only sad that she wasn’t around to witness the success of her book, or to write more, as this was such an astonishingly good début.