The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

Large Print - 2008
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In 1946, as London emerges from the shadow of World War II, author Juliet Ashton is having a terrible time finding inspiration for her next book. Then she receives a letter from Guernsey Island, and learns of a unique book club formed on the spur of the moment as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the occupying Germans during the war. Captivated, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds there will change her life forever.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2008.
Edition: Center Point large print ed.
ISBN: 9781602852693
Characteristics: 327 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie


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Jan 08, 2021

This was a great read and I learned so much about Guernsey and what it’s residents went thru during WW2. I would recommend this book.

Jan 04, 2021

this book is life changing.

Nov 19, 2020

Excellent read

Nov 09, 2020

This charming and uplifting book is written totally in letters (with the odd telegram thrown in). You meet wonderful characters, get a glimpse of what life was like in post war England and on the island of Guernsey both during and after WWII. This uniquely and beautifully written book will definitely make you want to spend your next holiday on Guernsey!

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.

Aug 13, 2020

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

May 22, 2020

Enjoyed this book!

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”.

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.

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.

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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)

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

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

Jan 20, 2018

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

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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