The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

eBook - 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 : Dial Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780440337973
Characteristics: 1 online resource (277 p.) : maps
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie


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DBRL_IdaF Aug 10, 2017

A true epistolary novel - written entirely in letters. In post-World War II London, author Juliet Ashton is searching for a subject for her next book. Then a letter arrives from a man in Guernsey who felt compelled to write to her after coming into possession of a used book with her name and address in it. This is Juliet's first introduction to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a group that was formed on the spur of the moment as a cover to fool German occupiers.

Soon letters are flying in all directions - between Juliet and various members of the book club, Juliet and her best friend, Juliet and her new beau (or is he?), Juliet and her editor, the club member and Juliet's editor, the editor's secretary and some of the aforementioned. It's easier to track than it might seem.

The channel island of Guernsey was occupied by Germany for most of the war, and they had no contact with the rest of Britain until the war was over. This allows for some historical exposition.

Eventually, Juliet travels to Guernsey for an extended visit and becomes a part of the community. Soon enough, she's not only an interested author, but more like one of the family.

A couple of the characters seem too good to be true, but for the most part, I enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of the various residents.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

In the aftermath of WWII, a writer is looking for a “feel-good” story. What she finds is a Guernsey book club, formed as a wartime alibi.

May 20, 2017

One of my all time favorite books. Sweet, gentle and engaging!

laurauk May 04, 2017

13+ An enjoyable read, in letter format. Set in German occupied Channel Isles. Fun characters! A beach read for those who like a very well written book.

Apr 26, 2017

After reading this I'm ready to fly to the Channel Islands to explore the area and it's fascinating history--an island settled by the Britons and refuge to pirates during the middle ages.

Feb 25, 2017

Enjoyed the book! Wonderful read through.. makes you want to travel there and meet the characters. Recommend.

Sep 22, 2016

This is a delightful epistolary novel and I did not want to put it away when I reached the last page. For several days after finishing it, I found myself wondering about the characters and creating stories in my mind about how their lives on the island continued to unfold. I highly recommend this charming book to anyone who enjoys WWII fiction with a focus on the kindness of humanity, as well as to anyone who truly adores books and reading. Be prepared to smile and chuckle while enjoying this story!

Riddlereads Sep 16, 2016

A wonderful change of pace for lovers of historical fiction. The atrocities of WWII are balanced with a wonderful cast of characters who will keep you inspired with their love for one another and their ability to find humor in everyday situations. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Aug 27, 2016

I read this book several years ago, and just reread it. What a treat! It is a lovely story about wonderful characters. It also brings to life the Nazi occupation of Guernsey, which I knew nothing about before reading this book. If you are looking for a book that will delight you, I highly recommend this book!

Jul 22, 2016

Excellent novel, full of good humour and historical background. Well worth the read.

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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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