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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: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 180g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408810263
  • ISBN 13: 9781408810262
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 2,104

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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.

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MARY ANN SHAFFER was born in 1934 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She worked as an editor, a librarian and in bookshops. She became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there as a heavy fog descended and no boats or planes were permitted to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to clear, she came across a book called Jersey Under the Jack-Boot, and so her fascination with the Channel Isles began. Many years later, when goaded by her own literary club to write a book, Mary Ann naturally thought of Guernsey. Mary Ann died in February 2008. She knew that this, her only novel, was to be published in thirteen countries. Before she died she wrote, 'I must tender special thanks to my niece, Annie, who stepped in to finish this book after unexpected health issues interrupted my ability to work shortly after the manuscript was sold. Without blinking an eye, she put down the book she was writing, pushed up her sleeves, and set to work on my manuscript. It was my great good luck to have a writer like her in the family, and this book could not have been done without her.' ANNIE BARROWS is the author of the Ivy and Bean series for children, as well as The Magic Half.

Customer reviews

By Jennifer Clews 19 Feb 2011 2

A nice story but obvious that the author did not know Guernsey well. Descriptions of places are vague, names of the main characters are not 'local.' A few jarring Americanisms creep in too.

By Joanne Flynn 18 Feb 2011 5

Thoroughly loved this gem of a book. It fully transports you to the era it's set in & you quickly find yourself engaged with the wonderful characters revealed through the letters. I laughed and wept and found myself trying to eke out the last few pages. It's such a shame that the author waited so late in life to publish as she was a true storyteller.

By David and Kate Cook 13 Nov 2010 5

A lovely story, very heartwarming and well written. I loved it and have given copies of it as gifts. It's an easy read and only takes a short time to finish it but it's well worth it. Highly recommended.

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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