The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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By (author) Mary Ann Shaffer, By (author) Annie Barrows

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 174mm x 18mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747598800
  • ISBN 13: 9780747598800
  • Edition statement: Export and UK open market ed
  • Sales rank: 1,177

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It's 1946. Juliet Ashton, a 32-year-old writer, has found a certain recognition through her light-hearted column for the Spectator which lifted the spirits of her readers during WW2, but she can't think what to write next. But then Dawsey Adams writes to her from Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book Juliet once owned - and, emboldened by their mutual love of books, they begin a correspondence. Dawsey belongs to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and as Juliet investigates the strange-named reading group, soon she stumbles upon a whole number of islanders eager to write and tell her of their experiences of the German occupation of Guernsey. Entranced by her new friends, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly A moving tale of friendship, tolerance and forgiveness in the wake of a period of unthinkable hardship and horror, this is set to become a classic.

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Mary Ann Shaffer was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters. This is her first novel. Annie Barrows is Mary Ann Shaffer's neice. A former editor, she is the author of the very successful Ivy and Bean series of children's books.

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By Nada BN 18 May 2013 3

The story shows clearly that atrocities, suffering and cruelties of 2nd world war slowly fade away to allow that kind of superficial interpretations of war and after war life impregnated by a new age spirit. The isle of Guernsey in the novel figures like a sweet Lilliput where people in spite of hard times resisted German occupation just by kindness of soul and friendly communication which can also heal and make happy the lonely and unsatisfied narrator in 1946. The idyll of country life on an unspoiled island and its sincere inhabitants are described and prized in enthusiast letters of Juliet, the accidental researcher of the local history, who is taken by the charms of the island spirit and is finally awarded to have her happy end.

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'Charming one to lift even the most cynical of spirits' The Times 'Thronging with lovable people golden comedy' Guardian 'What a gorgeous book - very touching and funny' Joanna Lumley 'Delightfully spirited and quirky novel-of-letters You'd have to be pretty hard-hearted not to fall under its spell' Daily Mail Books of the Year