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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, read by Charlie Norfolk.

The beloved, life-affirming international best seller which has sold over five million copies worldwide - now a major film starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton.

To give them hope, she must tell their story.

It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book - she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books - and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

©2008 Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

"Delightfully spirited. You’d have to be pretty hard-hearted not to fall under its spell." (Daily Mail)

"Utterly delightful." (Helen Mirren)

"Atmospheric and touching. it is about love and friendship and the ability of these qualities to survive adversity." (Alexander McCall Smith, The Times)

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Based on real life experiences?

This book was a treasure.To me it sounded too true to be fiction. The truth is always stranger than fiction and , having lived in a village during my childhood and teenage years, I felt very much akin to the characters and happenings in this story, so cleverly told in letter form. I found myself shedding tears as I read, feeling one with the angst being experienced by the very real characters who were so diverse in personality and yet so united in their diversity. I have encountered such, in village and small town life. Thank you to the authors and narrator for this lovely audible experience!

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Fantastic book

I have really enjoyed this audible book. The story line was excellent which made it difficult to stop listening. The narrator was very good at changing and delivering accents but .... in my opinion she read too quickly.

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Excellent

I cried and laughed, felt joy and sadness, couldn't stop listening and yet didn't want the story to end. An absolutely delightful book. So well written but also perfectly narrated. I cannot recommend this more.

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Loved this book.

I quite often read books about the French resistance, yet I have never thought to read about the resistance in The Channel Islands. I am so glad I read this book it was beautiful.

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wonderful

it made me laugh and cry. such a brilliant book! the narration was really well done too.

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way beyond expectations

bought this for my wife. not my usual fare. begins as if you are getting a straight narrative in 1940s language, but then unfolds via letters and multiple viewpoints to build a story of people, the impact of war and on into romance and a celebration of community. far from one dimensional. a delightful surprise of a book.

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Beautiful book

I loved it - really felt I knew the characters - lovely lovely book with a wonderful story and such good audio

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Loved it

Wonderful story such a good audio, recommended truly. Better than the film so much more, love the way the story is told in letters.

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Letter writing

Loved this story. What a reminder of how much letter writing can be a joy. So much more precious than emails.

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Very well done and entertaining

Excellent naration, Charlie Norfolk did a great job. Very easy to listen to and I enjoyed the differences of accent and tones between characters. I watched the movie before the book but was still surprised with the depth of the story. Loved it!