The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Book review : The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, published by The Dial Press
genre novel / fiction, 290 pages
I love reading books, and novels about booklovers I love even more. So of course a novel with such a remarkable title, telling the story of an even more unusual book club, had to be read. Although there’s one thing that I have to admit; I had not heard of this story – not even of the island Guernsey – until a few weeks ago, when my boyfriend surprised me by suggesting to watch this movie. A movie he was sure I’d love, a movie that’s called ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’.
It’s January 1946; Europe is recovering from the damages and terrors of the Second World War, when London-based writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from an unknown man who came across her address in one of his books. The letter is send by Dawsey Adams, a native of the island of Guernsey and one of the members of a book club called The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. And that’s how this remarkable story begins. Juliet has desperately been looking for the subject of her next book and when Dawsey introduces himself and the other members of the society, Juliet knows there’s a story to tell. A tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as wonderful and eccentric as its name.
“Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books
that brings them to their perfect readers.
How delightful if that were true.”
– Juliet Ashton
I’ve read many books and quite some love stories, but I cannot recall reading a novel that tells its story by letters only. The letters in this book are a conversation between Juliet and the different members of the society. Letter by letter Juliet learns more them, about the island, the books they read, and the impact the war has had on them all. Letter by letter Juliet finds herself drawn to her friends from afar, unraveling the subject of her next book and maybe even more!
official trailer of ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’ movie
I both loved the movie and the novel, but if you’d like to read and watch this story too, I guess it’s even more fun to read the novel first. Did you btw know that this debuut novel was written by an aunt-and-niece team? Aunt Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows. I think it makes this lovely story even more special! For more info about the book go to Annie Barrows’ website. If you’d like to know more about the movie, click here.