The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. She couldn't have imagined she would find it in a letter from a man she'd never met, a native of Guernsey, the British island once occupied by the Nazis. He'd come across her name on the flyleaf of a secondhand volume by Charles Lamb. Perhaps she could tell him where he might find more books by this author. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends, all members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a unique book club formed in a unique, spur-of-the-moment way: as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the Society's charming, deeply human members, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Through their letters, she learns about their island, their taste in books, and the powerful, transformative impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds there will change her forever.
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780385340991
Characteristics: 277 p. : maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie


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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!

Mar 12, 2019

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of the most whimsical, intricate, and delightful works in historical fiction I have ever read. It is Mary Ann Shaffer’s first novel, completed by her niece Annie Barrows. This novel is adored by a wide array of readers for its charm and humor; but perhaps what attracts readers most is the fact that the characters are voracious readers themselves.

Starving for comfort and company both during and after World War II, numerous people of all ages and ethnicities join together to form a literary to keep them alive, initially made up by clever and sharp-witted Elizabeth McKenna, who ends up as the founder. Its unique and lovable members include kind, silver-haired Amelia Maugery, a hardworking and passionate farmer Eben Ramsey, spunky and warm-hearted Isola Pribby, and quiet, gentle-mannered Dawsey Adams.

This extraordinary literary society, its members, their personalities, stories, and backgrounds are communicated to the readers over the course of numerous letters as the book progresses. Juliet Ashton, a witty and fearless writer, is drawn steadily into the small but fascinating world of Guernsey and its occupants.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a fantastic and rewarding novel to read. The letters are carefully crafted and is flawlessly connected with each other, so that the story is overall flowing and mesmerizing. This book is unforgettable as its characters—and its title. @StarRead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 28, 2018

A light and romantic book but well written and gives a glimpse of a time and place about which I knew very little.

Dec 27, 2018

This book is written completely in letters and each one had a unique voice to it - that helped paint the picture of this town and it's inhabitants - in this World War II historical fiction. You fall in love with everyone, even those characters that are side-characters and only show up once. Netflix made a nice adaptation of the novel that is a fun watch after you read this great book.

Dec 27, 2018

Highly recommended.

Dec 10, 2018

As good as everyone says it is.

Dec 04, 2018

This is a delightfully quirky book that I loved reading. In fact I had a very hard time putting it down. This is a must read. The fact that Guernsey Island suffered so much during WW2 is really an eye opener. I never knew that the Germans occupied the Channel Islands and that reality was never mentioned during my school days. What a shame.

Nov 11, 2018

What a treat this book is! I literally had to force myself to put it down from time to time because I had to eat or go to sleep. There is nothing new that I can say, it' s such a good book, really! For once, the review tell the truth: it is heart-warming, funny, sad, you just want it to go on and on forever. The only tiny thing that I didn't like, because it seemed a bit forced, was the letter at the end (supposedly written by a great author, I am not going to say anything else). But on the other hand, the whole story is a sort of fairy-tale, so why not? Get this book, and enjoy every page of it!

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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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