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Summary

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

©2014 Mary Ann Shaffer (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

" ... she created a cast of Dibley-esque eccentrics who experience the privations and temptations that go with an enemy occupation, and produced a story that transports us to a gentler age, when people were kind and had time to talk about books." ( The Times)
"Reminiscent of Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road, this is a warm, funny, tender, and thoroughly entertaining celebration of the power of the written word." ( Library Journal)
"Charming ... one to lift even the most cynical of spirits." ( The Times)

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Beautiful story

I wasn't sure that this was my kind of book but within a couple of minutes was completely engrossed.
Well read, superb plot and little pockets of humour here and there.
Very sad the story has ended.

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With out a doubt my favourite book

A must read!!! The narrator does the book so much justice! I’m now off to listen to it again!

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delightful listen.

I had really never thought about the German occupation of Guernsey before, the story was heartwarming and heartbreaking by turns, and really did evoke the spirit of the time.

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Best Book I've heard in a long time

What can I say about this wonderful book? It's warm, funny, sweet and life-affirming. The horrors of the 2nd World War occupation of Guernsey find healing in the post-war lives of its indomitable people. Juliet, an author from London finds friendship and transformation with a motley crew of people, joined together by circumstance and their love of books. Give it a go - it's well worth it!

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Great book, shame about the reader

The book is well written, engaging and informative. Perhaps Audible is not the best format, as it was not always easy to follow the different letter writers and their voices. I’m afraid I found the performance reading of it appalling, all the wrong emphasis on words till I wanted to scream.

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Captivating, poignant, heartwarming story.

Written in the form of letters corresponding between the main characters. This heartwarming story set in post War Guernsey, tells of of the poignant, at times amusing reliance amidst great hardship, and how the literary society was their salvation, their sense of normality and kinship. I was inspired to read this book having recently seen the movie. Although a little slow paced to start with, and needing to get used to a correspondence style narrative, the story in all its richness unfolds and is captivating. In my opinion it's much better than the movie, which only gives the bare bones of the story. I definitely recommend this book to others, whether you read it or listen on audible.

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  • Di
  • 06-08-18

Thank you reviewers.... I gave it a go!

I have kept coming back to this book and finally with a "spare" credit decided to give it a go. One of the reviews said just that and I am so please I did. I wasn’t sure when I realised the novel was in the form of letters but I was hooked within a few minutes. I love history and this certainly reminded me of what I had seen on holiday in Jersey and Guernsey years ago. It is by turn laugh out loud funny and very sad but ultimately uplifting. I absolutely loved it and the narration was perfect.

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Lovely book

What a lovely book. I'm sorry it's over! Beautifully written with a wonderful cast of characters brought to life. Funny and endearing

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Loved this!

Just perfect. An engaging, unique, sad, heart-warming, tragic, funny, lovely story; beautifully told by a gifted narrator. Was so sad when it finished!

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<br />Brilliant!

This is such a great story with wonderful characters and it's read so brilliantly! Definitely recommend for a heart warming read.

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  • Urvashi R
  • 06-08-18

Wonderful book

The recitation by Charlie Norfolk is beautiful! All the characters were brought alive! Loved it!

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  • Larwos
  • 09-05-18

The audio certainly enhances the book.

I read this wonderful some years ago and it was one of very few books I’ve read that I finished and wanted to start all over again.
Knowing I was going to see the movie taken from the book, o purchased the audiobook.
The reader is wonderful and brought all those wonderful characters back to life.
I’ve just shared this with a friend I was with at the movie so she can hear the full story.

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  • Saloni
  • 16-10-16

Truly satisfying

Saying that I loved the book would be an understatement.
I went into the book knowing absolutely nothing about it except that it was all in letters. And I think that was a great thing. I loved discovering every bit.
What I really liked and appreciated about the writing was how it managed to actually make me laugh out loud at moments where it was funny. I usually don't find written comedy or literature funny. (So maybe since this was an audio book I found it so funny) But I enjoyed the lighter moments of the book immensely.
The emotions in the book are so subtle and not overbearing which is quite often a spot of worry for me when I reading fiction. The author has displayed them beautifully. And the only reason I could hold back myself from crying at few instances was cause I was listening to the book on a bus and didn't want people to see me crying (They definitely saw me smiling and laughing)
Another thing that stood out was the way author has written about World War II, I wouldn't call it the best description or writing about the WWII but in its limited scope, the author has done justice I feel.
Almost all the characters were well written and I adored most of them. I want to read more about some of them.
And last but not the least, the book makes me want to visit Guernsey.
I'm so glad I came across this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to read a nice, light hearted, feel good book.