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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A Novel
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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])

©2008 Marry Ann Shaffrer and Annie Barrows (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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Love love love

Honestly, just adored it from start to finish. Actually took me a bit to warm into it, but soon I wanted to do nothing else but to keep reading. What a joy, and what a lovely way to learn about this bit of history, in a very human way.

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How wonderful

Es ist schon sehr lange her, dass ich so ein wunderbares Buch gehört (gelesen) habe!

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one of the best books Ive heard

I do not like to read letters and correspondance but this book is very different. it is a wonderful story and one would like to travel to Guernsey in the hope to meet all the characters.

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Heartwarmingly Beautiful

A story with depth, lots of love and understanding for humanity and its flaws. A horrible time, occupation in Guernsey looked at through lots of different angles. Not the usual black and white painting of history, but in depth loving understanding for humanity. Read by a couple of incredibly talented narrators, I couldn't stop. 😊