The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

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"A glorious, gorgeous, completely irresistible novel, Guernsey will win hearts everywhere. An affecting, emotional epistolary novel recalling the charm and warmth of 84 Charing Cross Road and the gentle wit of Alexander McCall Smith, Guernsey tells the story of a small group of neighbors on the island of Guernsey off the coast of England. A pig farmer, an elegant lady, a potion maker, a rag and bone man, a footman posting as a lord who survive the Nazi occupation in the Second World War by gathering over humble potato peel pie to talk of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and the great novels. With the war over, Juliet, an eager writer from London, uncovers just how dramatic the lives of these islanders really were during the war, and through them, discovers the drama in her own life. Guernsey is a real gem of a novel. It's that rare thing: a small story, simply told, that contains within it enormous depth and heart. Completely accessible and immediately captivating, the characters are nothing short of enchanting. Gloriously honest, moving, sweet and funny, a sheer delight from beginning to end, this is truly a book to fall in love with."
Publisher: London : 2008. Bloomsbury,
ISBN: 9781408810262
9781741751680
Branch Call Number: AF SHAF
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie

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February 2019

This is a lovely book told in the form of letters. The subject is World War II and the stories about the character's experiences are touching, difficult and show immense courage. Overall the book is a treat and leaves you feeling full of hope and wanting to meet the characters of Guernsey and bey... Read More »

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LoganLib_Phoebe May 07, 2018

A bright beautiful, page turner of a book that explores the experiences of the people who lived on the Channel Islands under Nazi occupation.

A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.


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Larrys1066
May 07, 2019

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

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esrobbins
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.

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StrangelyExuberant
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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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rogebc_0
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.

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LaNomada01
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.

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Dub
Dec 27, 2018

Highly recommended.

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julia_sedai
Dec 10, 2018

As good as everyone says it is.

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poppymopgal22
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.

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Brontina66
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)

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LaNomada01
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

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Booksss14
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

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Booksss14
Jan 20, 2018

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

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JuniperAvenue
Sep 09, 2013

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

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Kemendraugh
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.”

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mking
Aug 24, 2009

"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."

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