The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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“ 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.

Title:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0385340990
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:274 pages

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Reviews

  • Linda Sexauer
    Jul 21, 2008

    Several years ago, I worked at an art gallery here in Anchorage. Though I loved the art, I wasn’t much good at selling it. More often than not, I just chatted up the customers, who were from all ove...

  • Megha
    Mar 08, 2009

    Dear Mary Ann Shaffer,I recently read your book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. It brought a few questions to my mind.Juliet writes in one of her letters: "Dear Sidney, What an in...

  • Emma  Kaufmann
    Sep 08, 2008

    Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be 'great' and wondering why it is just rubbish. I was meant to read this for a book club but it was about as palatable as a pota...

  • Beth F.
    Oct 06, 2008

    Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush!!! GUSH!!!!! So yes, clearly I loved this book.I think the only person I wouldn’t recommend this book to is one of those people who only read meaty tomes tha...

  • Alisa
    Feb 17, 2009

    I'm in favor of:-pig farmers as romantic leads-parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks-women who do the askingI'm not in favor of:-strong silent types as romantic leads-adorable children-parrots g...

  • Cayenne
    Jul 30, 2008

    This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read. I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best. It was so real. I felt like I knew the characters and I ...

  • Ruth
    Aug 19, 2008

    I won an ARC of this book either from the NYer or from the publisher. I forget which, as it's been sitting around for a while.This epistolary novel is something I should have loved. I generally like n...

  • Tatiana
    Aug 19, 2010

    The words that immediately come to mind when I think of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are nice, cute and, unfortunately, hokey(ish). I certainly understand its popularity (#4 most ...

  • La Petite Amricaine
    Sep 28, 2008

    This book is boring, predictable, and pointless. Maybe the kind of thing that charms the sentimental. It's a series of letters in post WWII England between an author facing writers block and an island...

  • Laura
    Sep 25, 2008

    A friend gave this to me with the recommendation, “You’ll LOVE this – it sounds like you!” I assume she meant because the main character is a witty book lover, not because she’s a critical s...