The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

Baker & Taylor
In 1946, as England emerges from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey and his eccentric friends, who tell her about their island, the books they love, German occupation, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that 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.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Vie Society is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780385340991
0385340990
9780385341004
Characteristics: 277 p. : maps ; 22 cm
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.

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todraudt
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.

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susannastarlight
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.

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larisssa11
Feb 25, 2017

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

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MindfulDaydreamer
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.

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sandraperkins
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!

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daboyd40
Jul 22, 2016

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

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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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