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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | [Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows]

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of 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.
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A New York Times number-one best seller.

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of 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, Juliet's curiousity 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 Geurnsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realises that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.

©2008 The Trust Estate of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Amazon Customer 21/06/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable listen."

    This works really well as an audiobook. I had already listened to, and enjoyed, the radio 4 book of the week version, but this unabridged version is better. Using different voices to read each letter means that you never get confused over who wrote each one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Graham BraintreeUnited Kingdom 14/09/2010
    Graham BraintreeUnited Kingdom 14/09/2010
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    "Very enjoyable and compelling novel"

    A very good novel and totally unexpected in its charm and beautiful flowing storyline. The whole book is based around numerous short letters between Juliet Ashton, an established author, and various people; mainly those living in the post World War 2 island of Guernsey.

    The mysterious book title 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' is quickly explained when various members of the society start their correspondence with Juliet. From there Juliet decides to visit the island and ends up falling in love with the island and its occupants. Juliet is also torn between the affections of 2 men, but which one will it be?

    All in all a very enjoyable read and can thoroughly recommend this

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Tooting Bec, London, United Kingdom 28/08/2010
    Frances Tooting Bec, London, United Kingdom 28/08/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "An unexpected joy"

    A wonderful book. The book starts as a light and pleasant read but as it progresses I found myself drawn in by the utterly compelling human story unfolding. The book manages to present the picture of the Nazi occupation of Guernsey in a fresh and touching way and yet still manages to have moments of wit. I laughed and cried as I read it. A quirky and quite original story that is about love and support between friends and neighbours that both entertains and informs. Both well written and well read. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thimmmmmeh Builth Wells, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    Thimmmmmeh Builth Wells, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Sweet book - piqued my interest in Guensey"
    Would you listen to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society again? Why?

    I found it a little hard going at 1st, a bit jolly hockey sticks mixed with Mills & Boon but then you just get wrapped in a lovely warm security blanket of lovely people living in an bucolic community and you think everything is all going to turn out fine, but it doesn't and thats wakes you up again and the story becomes more poignant/gripping. I have started reading Ebenezer Le Page after reading this book as it piqued my interested in what really happened/what life was really like for a Guensey man/women.. must admit its a far better book, but I still really enjoyed this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    When one of the main charcters died.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me both laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    Performance was fab, great casting, really brought the charcters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Smith Aberdeenshire 10/04/2013
    Denise Smith Aberdeenshire 10/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful Book"

    I loved this book, the characters are really nice people you could identify with them in so many ways. The story was beautifully written, I loved the fact that it was all letters and not chapters, this was an easy way to read the story. Even the sad parts were beautiful. I would recommend this book very highly.

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    MISS 24/02/2013
    MISS 24/02/2013 Member Since 2012

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "A slightly slow start but worth a listen!"

    Never been a fan of the letter or diary entry compilation style books but downloaded this due to the reviews. It was just a little slow to get into and I found one of the narrators off-putting, but otherwise very enjoyable. Another book that casts light on some areas of the experiences of war time that are not as well known as they possibly should be. At some points very lighthearted and others heart wrenching. Give it a go!

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    Paul Cambridge, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Paul Cambridge, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "Something to write home about"

    Even as a member of Audible, I have to say that some books work better in print. But 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' is very definitely not one of them. I loved this audiobook, and would recommend it without reservation.



    The use of multiple narrators not only overcomes the potential difficulty of 'hearing' the different characters, but the narrators are so well chosen that they actually bring them to life. I cared about these characters, and their story - interwoven with insights into the island's history - made me wish only that it could have been longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARLENE STANMORE, United Kingdom 23/10/2012
    MARLENE STANMORE, United Kingdom 23/10/2012
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    "The Guernsey Litererary & Potato Peel Pie Society"

    Good well written book, I loved the use of letters to tell the story. This was a subject that I did not know about. It was very touching. I did not know how the people of the Channel Islands had suffered under the hands of the Nazis. Most enlightening. Well worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Rochdale, UK 11/10/2012
    Joseph Rochdale, UK 11/10/2012 Member Since 2005
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    "Unexpectedly good"

    What a shame that this is a one-off from the author.



    Very well written and in this case very well read by a variety of well chosen voices.



    The story is a delight from a light story point of view but also gives a clear insight into the dark days and tough life our countrymen had on the Channel Isles during the war.



    I did not think I would enjoy the "letter" style of writing but it fitted this story perfectly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Glos, United Kingdom 18/07/2012
    Wendy Glos, United Kingdom 18/07/2012 Member Since 2009

    I live in the centre of the Cotswolds and totally love books. I especially love historical fiction.....Ken Follett is my favourite.

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    "Totally absorbing"

    Moving and brilliant. Would recommend it 100%. I tend to read historical fiction, and this comes under that category. I suggested this for my book club - so fortuanately I will read it again for our meeting on 25th July!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "everybody is so good"

    even among awfull nazis, there is one who is such a good man. No passion, no problems, it's love an glory, a soap for... who?

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