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Publisher's 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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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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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.

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  • Skye mum
  • 05-23-15

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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  • Robyn
  • 04-22-18

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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  • Sian
  • 10-25-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-18

Sweet, funny and interesting

Learnt a lot about the occupation of the Channel Islands while hearing a very sweet story. Pleasure to listen to.

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  • mrs jlh milborrow
  • 05-20-18

Absorbing

Greatly enjoyed listening to this. Loved the narration, loved the characters and the story. Written as letters so it takes a little while to relax into it and trust that the style of narration will carry u through, you don't need to grasp every letter date, to, from etc... I've spent the free moments of this last week transported to post war Guernsey. Happy, sad, funny, informative. Just downright great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-18

☹ disappointin..

A struggle to listen to .Maybe it is a book that is better to read than listen to!

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  • Chrisanthi Nallaiah
  • 05-19-18

Story was lacking something, despite a strong premise

I thoroughly enjoyed the performances, really well done, voices clearly delineated the characters and made the loveable. For me, the story lacked something, there seemed to be two major storylines in a parallel but neither were engaging. I found the the book finish, took me completely by surprise as I’d waited all that time for it to get started.

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  • Anita Green
  • 05-19-18

Excellent read!

What a fantastic structure to the writing, it kept me enthralled throughout, not to mention laughing out loud in many places, and grinning/smirking in just as many others! The writing is witty, but manages to deal with somewhat horrific subjects with dignity and empathy. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the wealth of human nature out there, along with a certain amount of nosiness! :-)

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  • Deborah Crockard
  • 05-17-18

different and delightful

loved it could take my headphones out as i wanted to listen to it all in one go. really fantastic performance and story.

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  • Mrs. A. Stratton
  • 05-13-18

enjoyable read

a good reminiscent story of war in Guernsey. i found it really easy and enjoyable to listen to and learned things along the way.

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  • Katie
  • 07-29-16

Wow - a surprisingly great read/listen

What made the experience of listening to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society the most enjoyable?

I'm not sure. To tell the truth I'm stunned I enjoyed it. I don't like this type of story - I prefer zombie/scary/ conspiracy style novels. This was just great.
It was funny, and witty, and the characters were all terrific, even the "nasty" one hahahaha

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

Yes, I had an emotional reaction to this book. It was easy to have that as the characters were easy to love and feel a connection to. I laughed at a lot of their quirks!!

Any additional comments?

This book is a total winner!! Cannot believe I loved it so much!!!

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  • Louise
  • 09-06-16

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This book was skilfully written in its portrayal of human nature in both its horror and its beauty. it was harrowing and uplifting and I fell in love with every character. The narrator was brilliant, her array of accents ( which never detracted from the story) and ability to convey emotion was fantastic.

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  • Kaye Davies
  • 07-18-17

Glorious!

Read with all the accents. Clipped along nicely and enthralled me.

Buy it and enjoy a story from a time which is hard to imagine nowadays.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-17

Heartwarming

Lovely story - characters are fun and likeable. The whole thing being written in letters is a nice touch and the narrator is very good!

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  • Chloe McNamara-b
  • 04-27-17

simply amazing

Never have I seen the deverstating effect of war so beautifully juxtaposed to joy and love. It humanised both sides, and told a beautiful and uplifting story while also remaining true to its context of a broken world teying to fit its self back together again. Beautiful and very well performed.

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  • Kristen
  • 03-20-17

loved it

a lovely light hearted story! it took me a while to get into the style of the book but i thoroughly enjoyed the story .

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  • Amanda
  • 04-06-18

I didn’t want it to end

There are very few books that when you get to the last chapter you are so sad that it’s about to end; this is one of them.
Also, until this story, I had no idea that the Germans occupied the Channel Islands during the Second World War. It was a total eye opener to life during that time and the recovery after the war.


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  • tatiana
  • 11-22-15

Like letters from a friend

Although it has a background of post war, and contains multiple stories about it, it's not heavy, and the way it's written telling the stories thru letters is quite interesting and makes you feel more as part of the story. The storyline is charming and let's you get to know the different characters from different perspectives. I quite enjoyed it.