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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440297000
ISBN-10: 0440297001
Publication Date: 5/5/2009
Pages: 305
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4.3 stars, based on 115 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 10
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reviewed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on + 12 more book reviews
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I loved this book. The characters are so real that you forget your reading a work of fiction. This book deserves a sequel.
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⢠Loved this!
⢠very cleverly written through letters between the characters
⢠made me laugh and cry
⢠makes me want to visit Guernsey
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Helpful Score: 1
While I'm normally not a fan of books that are composed entirely of letters back and forth, I absolutely loved this one.

The characters quickly became friends (both to me and to one another) and their words transported me back to a time where good friends and laughs were hard to come by.

The novel is a fantastic work of fiction, but it takes place on a real island during the aftermath a very real war... it portrays a view of the war not often seen in the history books.
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Loved loved LOVED this book. After about 2 pages it's impossible to put down. It had me laughing outloud, crying and gave such insights about the Second World War. Not a subject I would generally be intersested in. Written brilliantly in a unique style that allows you to put it down after a short read, but you won't want to.
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I was told by several people how wonderful this book is, and I finally got my hands on a copy. I am so glad it COMPLETELY lives up to its reputation! Written in epistolary format, this is the fascinating story of writer Juliet Ashton, who befriends through letters several interesting characters on Guernsey Island after World War II, and goes there to visit them for several weeks to interview them for their experiences during the German occupation of the Channel Islands. Funny, heartbreaking, captivating, delightful - this is a story about people and life, with something everyone can relate to. It's fighting for top spot on my list of favorites for the year.
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reviewed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on + 386 more book reviews
When I first started the book I thought the letter format would be a distraction and I would not be able to get into the story. I was wrong! After the first few letters I was hooked, and grew increasingly more hooked as the book went on.

I saw the Masterpiece Theater Mini-series Island at War before I read the book, so I could see the island in my mind's eye as I read. I strongly recommend pairing the movie with the book; two different stories about German occupation of the channel islands, both very well done.

(Island at War is on Netflix)
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I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did. It had loveable, quircky characters, a deep meaningful plot with an outside story. It came together beautifully and I really enjoyed it.
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Loved, loved, loved this book! I was skeptical about reading a book full of letters, but after reading the fourth letter I was hooked and couldn't put it down. The characters in the book are amusing. Shaffer really took her time developing the characters and makes you fall in love with them and you can't wait to see what will happen next. This is a great summer read!


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