The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book - 2008
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As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Published: New York : Dial Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780385340991
Branch Call Number: F SHA
Characteristics: 277 p. :,maps ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie


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I love the epistolary style of this fun and romantic historical novel! “I don't want to be married just to be married. I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with.”

DBRL_IdaF Aug 10, 2017

A true epistolary novel - written entirely in letters. In post-World War II London, author Juliet Ashton is searching for a subject for her next book. Then a letter arrives from a man in Guernsey who felt compelled to write to her after coming into possession of a used book with her name and addr... Read More »

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Oct 21, 2018

4.75 STARS!!

(Edited addition to review: I viewed the movie after reading the book and the cinematic changes they made to the story line and characters changed the story dramatically in my opinion. Although not a horrible movie, the book is infinitely better and I highly recommend it over the Netflix Original.)

*Sigh* There are so many adjectives to describe this epistolary tale - Witty, heartbreaking, quirky, tragic, and romantic. Above all, heartwarming.

Because there are so many characters within this story, it took some great concentration in the first 10-20 pages in order to identify and keep track of everyone. After that, I had a hard time putting the story down. Although this is a fictional account of Guernsey Island inhabitants during and immediately after the German occupation of the island during WW2, the actual occupation was based on fact. I found myself intrigued and wanting to know even more about the actual occupation, as well as more specific timelines in regards to encroaching allied forced and liberation. Beside my non-fiction interest, the fictional account was just as enthralling. My one qualm is my desire for more story. It's difficult to elaborate on all aspects of a story when told exclusively in letters. Therefore, the reader has to sometimes make leaps in their mind as to what transpired between letters. Although, not often, I felt like I wanted more facts that a letter simply could not give me. Not surprising, since I'm a reader that enjoys lots of details. My love for the overall story doesn't waiver due to that aspect and I highly recommend the read.

I spent equal time listening to the audio production and it was excellent. Rather than 1 or maybe 2 narrators, this audio had multiple narrators voicing the different characters as they read their letters. The different accents and inflections gave an authentic feel to each character. Well done.

Oct 19, 2018

An engrossing WWII fictionalized account of Germany's occupation of Guernsey, told in letters. My husband watched the Netflix film version and loved it. I prefer reading over watching any day, but it's nice to know that there will be more fans of the Literary Society because of it.

Oct 18, 2018

A fantastically heartfelt novel that I would recommend to anyone; a novel I can easily see myself coming back to read time and time again. The fact that it is written solely in letters back and forth between the characters makes the realness come to life and makes you feel all of the pain, hardships, and joys that they are all feeling post war. The characters are all uniquely wonderful and the story-line keeps you turning the pages as fast as you can. Truly a grippingly beautiful piece of literature.

ReadingAdviser_Lori Oct 16, 2018

I've been meaning to read this book for years! I finally read it after visiting the Churchill War Rooms in London. This novel really brought a unique female perspective about how World War II affected people's lives both during and after the war.

Oct 09, 2018

Loved this one so much. Told through a series of letters, it's beautiful historical fiction.

PerthEastLibrary Sep 25, 2018

Our afternoon "Caught Read-Handed" Book Club just completed this book and watched the movie at our last meeting. The book was enjoyed by most and comparisons were made between the book and the movie with the book clearly being the favoured format. We enjoyed the author's use of letter-writing to tell the story of Juliet. The Club rated this book a solid 3.5 stars out of 5.

Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood to read this but after high recommendation to read it I was disappointed . I found it boring reading.

Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy historical fiction, quirky characters, especially anything taking place during WWII.

This book follows Juliet, a journalist who is searching for a topic for her next book. When she receives a letter from stranger living on the island of Guernsey, they begin an unlikely friendship. As Juliet learns more about Guernsey, and its occupation by the Germans during WWII, she forms attachments to the people living there, and their stories.

I had heard such great things about this book from nearly everyone. I am so glad that I finally got a chance to read it. It is written in letters, which didn't bother me, but did detract just a little from the detail. It was still very vivid though. I loved the stories the characters told, and I really appreciated that this book, while sad, was very hopeful. It had a resilient tone. It was romantic enough, but not too romantic. I'm very excited to see the movie version whenever it is set to release this year. :)

Sep 04, 2018

This was the September book for my Online book club (Bitter is the New Book Club) and I was bored. Nothing happens in this book and the outcome is so predictable.

Aug 23, 2018

It a great book and hard to put down book.its a totally different( good different) from the other books I read. i love the fact they correspond through letters. The characters are well thought. i enjoy the book!I’m looking forward to watch the movie in Netflix.i highly recommend a to-read book!

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"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."


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