The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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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, N.Y. : The Dial Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780385340991
0385340990
9780385341004
0385341008
9781741751680
1741751683
9781984801814
1984801813
Branch Call Number: FIC Shaffer M
Characteristics: 277 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie

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Recommended by Sarah, Xenia Community Library: "This is a book that I recently really really really enjoyed. There is a movie version of this that just came out on Netflix!"

Fictional 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 secret book club formed during the German occupation.

Set In 1946, fictional 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 secret book club formed during the German occupation.


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writermala
Oct 12, 2020

This book came highly recommended so I had a lot of expectations. Thus, the starting was somewhat disappointing but the pace picked up and I couldn't put it down. The Book is told in letters between a London author, Juliet Ashton and a motley crew of Guernsey members of a 'literary' society. This society came into existence on a spur of the moment decision as an alibi against German curfew during the occupation and surprisingly survived. Will make a nice light read.

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kristadarling
Aug 13, 2020

Cute but I was expecting more romance. Kinda fell short for me.

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kyle000
May 22, 2020

Enjoyed this book!

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ljgadin168
May 08, 2020

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It moved me to tears after reading the Acknowledgement section where Mary Ann Schaffer said “I hope, too, that my book will illuminate my belief that love of art- be it poetry, storytelling, painting, sculpture, or music- enables people to transcend any barrier man has yet devised”.

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samsue
May 06, 2020

A delightful book. The setting, the people dealing with the German occupation and the townspeople who stick together against the enemy by hiding their activities behind a sham book club. Lovely.

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Inga57
Mar 24, 2020

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an epistolary novel told through a series of letters I picked up in 2008 when it was first published. Simply stated, I couldn’t get into this story by way of letters only, so I shelved it for ten years.

An entire decade goes by with nary a thought when the movie version pops on Netflix as a recommendation, so I watched it . . . two nights in a row! After seeing the movie, which I loved, I knew I had to give the book a second chance, which I did by way of Kindle Immersion read.

Before reading the novel I first went to the back of the book to read the Acknowledgments section followed by the About the Authors pages. There is a lot to be learned here as Mary Ann Shaffer is the Aunt of Annie Barrows. When Mary Ann became ill, she asked her niece, Annie, to finish the book, which of course she did.

Fortunately, it turns out the family is rich in fine storytelling and Mary Ann was the jewel in their crown, and as Annie points out, “Suddenly, the rest of the world had a seat at the table where I had been feasting my whole life, and, as with any family party, they clustered around Mary Ann, weeping with laughter – or sorrow – as her stories billowed forth.”

For three nights I read with new eyes knowing the backstory of these two authors and of course the film version. Each night delicious offerings were told by a team of five narrators navigating us through London and Guernsey with a feast of interesting characters by way of the written word. The only flaw, as Annie would say, is that the feast comes to an end.

May God Bless Mary Ann Shaffer for bringing this success story to the masses, and to her niece, Annie Barrows, for tying it into a neat package worthy of any story shared at the table, with laughter and tears in abundance.

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 26, 2019

The overall tone (witty) and style (epistolary) of this novel will not appeal to some readers but for many, like me, it will charm, touch, and be a deeply satisfying read. It is filled with quirky characters and is by turns humorous, heartbreaking, and inspiring. I did need to make a quick list of characters since I read in short, interrupted bursts and easily loose track when there are many characters as in this case and I would have loved an epilogue as the ending was quite abrupt. Still, this was a quick, funny, and satisfying read.

TSCPL_AlexH Dec 19, 2019

I adored this book. It's been a long time since I've read such a sweet story. Getting to know the characters through their letters was such a treat.

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samsue
Dec 07, 2019

This is a lovely book, a compilation of letters written from the fictional author Juliet to and from old and new friends, leading us to the Channel Islands and stories of what life was like for those who lived in occupied territory during WW II. An absolutely delightful story. Perfect for those dark, chilly days of winter.

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sjcrisp
Aug 31, 2019

Easy, cute read. The movie on Netflix of this book didn't quite follow, but it was pretty good too.

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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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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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"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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