The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
160
5
4
 …
Random House, Inc.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“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.

Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

“A jewel . . . Poignant and keenly observed, Guernsey is a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends.”People

“A book-lover’s delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary.”Chicago Sun-Times

“A sparkling epistolary novel radiating wit, lightly worn erudition and written with great assurance and aplomb.”The Sunday Times (London)

“Cooked perfectly à point: subtle and elegant in flavour, yet emotionally satisfying to the finish.”The Times (London)

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.

Baker
& Taylor

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.

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

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

h
happycanuck
Jun 30, 2018

Brilliant writing with wonderfully dry humour. It takes a couple of chapters to get into the book but well worth doing so.

p
Patron3563
Jun 20, 2018

Really enjoyed this novel, well written, entertaining and contained details of the German occupation of Guernsey during the Second World War. Reminded me of 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Haffe.

tomato Jun 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable! I, too, put off reading it for some time, but am very glad I finally did!

m
mnack_0
May 21, 2018

Despite the underlying current of Nazi occupation and concentration camps, this little book is upbeat, clever and funny. It has the nostalgic feel of a 1940's movie (think Gary Cooper & Rosalind Russell in "His Girl Friday") complete with rapid fire dialogue and witticisms with heart. I literally found myself laughing out loud. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

k
KayLibUr368
May 15, 2018

I just finished this book and I must say that I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I read it because the title peaked my curiosity and I'd never read a book in this format before.
I don't read fiction very often but I do like reading about World War II. Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands was something that I was not aware of and I don't recall learning about in school either.

I also read another review that said a movie was being made about this story and starred several of my favorite actors from Downtown Abbey. I'm looking forward to seeing how they
will adapt this book to film.

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.

b
Booksss14
Feb 19, 2018

Yes. Me again, coming back a month later because I am STILL not over this book. It is so good! And when I heard they were going to make a movie based on it, I was a little worried because I thought it would stink. Well, I watched the trailer last night and it looks extremely promising. Can't wait for April 20th when it gets released! :) And there are four actors/actresses from Downton Abbey in it as well which makes me so happy because that is my favorite show ever. My only wish is that I knew someone who has read this book so I could discuss it with them! This book is a masterpiece! :D

b
Booksss14
Jan 19, 2018

"Delicious" is one of the first words that come to mind when I think of this book. It is excellent. It is delightful. I devoured this book in three days. Yes. Three days. That is such a long time to finish a book, especially for me! But The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a book you savor and try your best to milk the very last drops from it - wishing, hoping, dreaming that it would never end. Okay. Maybe I am exaggerating. But wait - am I? The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a divine book; it truly is exquisite. It is intelligent and witty and warm and utterly delectable. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. Please, do read it! You will not regret the decision, my friends. I assure you, you will not. So what are you waiting for? Order this book right now! You will thank me one day!

e
Einer2
Jan 07, 2018

A delightful book with a unique style. The other bonus is that it helps keep alive the story of something that can never be allowed to happen again! Loved the characters who came so alive even though the story is told entirely through letters exchanged by a few. Makes me want to visit Guernsey and perhaps never leave.

GCPL_Angela Oct 30, 2017

I had my doubts about this one -- it's been on my radar probably since around the time of its publication, but I think I was put off by the cutesy-ish title. (I still think a different title would be better.) But I'm pleased to say that this book is, in fact, pretty delightful. It pulls off what so many others attempt (and fail at); Juliet is a genuinely charming and wry lead, and I found myself frequently highlighting her most amusing observations. The rest of the cast could have easily fallen into the trap of being forcedly "quirky," but Guernsey almost never plays its hand too far on this front. Many of the other characters are also, well, *characters*, in the most literal sense of the word -- (eccentrics, you might say?) but they are not caricatures. Kit could have easily have been cloying, but she is wonderful -- moody and clever, but never annoying in her precociousness.

Blessedly, any romance is handled deftly as only a minor subplot, occurring almost entirely off-screen. When a particularly pivotal scene does occur, it is cut through with a dose of humor, saving what could've been a hokey scene in a way that doesn't feel forced.

I have some minor quibbles, but I won't get into those for the sake of spoilers!

While largely lighthearted, scattered throughout are sobering reminders of the ravages of WWII on the homefront. At times, this can make the tone feel a bit muddled. However, much like the eponymous Literary Society the Islanders form, the idea seems not to gloss over atrocities, but to remind the reader that in spite of tragedy, in spite of evil and terror, hope and humanity remain. What a lovely, comforting thought that is. All in all, it's a very enjoyable read -- genuinely funny and affecting. Do yourself a favor and read it.

View All Comments

Quotes

Add a Quote

b
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

b
Booksss14
Jan 20, 2018

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

j
JuniperAvenue
Sep 09, 2013

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

k
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.”

m
mking
Aug 24, 2009

"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

s
shirlynd
Feb 08, 2016

shirlynd thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

r
rpavlacic
Jan 06, 2016

rpavlacic thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

emmapri May 04, 2011

emmapri thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

s
segovel
Sep 16, 2010

segovel thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...
PPL owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top