The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
Published 10 May 2009
257 pages
Library book

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I read this for 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The category is ‘a novel set during wartime’.


The international bestseller, with a fresh new cover, perfect for summer reading. It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.


Mr Sidney Stark, Publisher
Stephens & Stark Ltd
21 St James’s Place
London SW1

8 January 1946,

Dear Sidney,

Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food.


I fell in love with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The book charmed its way into my heart and made me fall completely under its spell. Guernsey be damned! This is a charming book, full of humour and sadness and humanity. I adored it. I loved the characters and their stories. I wanted to be in Guernsey with them. I wanted to be a member of the society. There are a lot of funny, light-heart moments in the book mixed in with quite a lot of dark moments as members of the society reveal to Juliet what life was like during Nazi occupation. I loved the structure of the novel, letters. I liked the fact the letters were between different people so related lots of different stories. I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and would recommend it.




One Comment Add yours

  1. It took me about ten years to get around to reading this one, a huge delay seeing as I live in the Channel Islands and once I did, it stole my heart – loved the letters and characters.

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