Hardback The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / by Mary Ann Shaffer.
Publication year: 2008
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780747589198 (hbk.) : 0747589194 (hbk.) :
Extent: 243 p. ; 22 cm.
Total number of loans: 4
Loans this year: 0
Number of reservations: 0
It's January, 1946, and writer Juliet Ashton sits at her desk, vainly seeking a subject for her next book. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a secondhand book that once belonged to Juliet - and, spurred on by their mutual love of Charles Lamb, they begin a correspondence.
We liked this book very much - as per Helen Mirren: "utterly delightful". The book begins with Juliet's letter to Sidney her publisher, and Juliet's reply to Sidney. Apart from a short interlude towards the end, the book consists of letters written to or by Juliet, the main character. It tells the story of islanders living on occupied Guernsey during world war II. A group of friends and neighbours formed a book group, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, as an explanation to their occupiers as to why they were breaking curfew. Through this Society the islanders come together to partake of potato peel pie and literature. Juliet a fun loving society London girl is contacted by one of the islanders, and she hits upon the idea of writing a book about their war, leading to her sailing to Guernsey by mail boat "groaning and creaking and threatening to break to pieces in the waves. I almost wished it would, to put me out of my misery, except that I wanted to see Guernsey before