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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer

The author creates a vivid depiction of the German occupation of Guernsey. I fell in love with the characters and wished they were my friends and neighbors. The writing is unique - it is a series of letters. Once you finish the book, you want to pick it up and read it again. That way, you can rediscover the same feelings and anything you might have missed.

Suggested by Nan Carlson, San Diego, California

Tagged with: bees charming delighful delightful enjoyable entertaining guernsey heartwarming highly life moving secret unexpected unique unusual worldwar2

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I read this book with a Book Club I belong to and I have to say the majority of us liked it. I did not like the format of the book that is to say - it was similar to "We need to Talk about Kevin". I'm not sure about reading letters all the time. Saying this I did like this book and I thought it brought the reader along very well. The caracters were very funny and quirky and one could imagine what they looked like by the description in the book. I enjoyed this book despite the way it is told.
I have just finished reading this book and I loved it. It made me laugh and cry- the mix of humour and tragedy pulls at your emotions. Telling the story of wartime Guernsey through letters made the events and characters seem so real. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it .
Pauline from Bournemouth
As soon as I heard about this book, I had to read it - both because of the highly eccentric title, and because I know Guernsey a little from having holidayed on the island for many years. I knew a little about the occupation from my visits, but this book brings the hardships and compromises and sheer bloody awfulness of it wonderfully to life. The voices in each of the letters is individual and vivid. Very hard to believe the author only visited the island once.
I was recommended this book by one of the readers group who uses our library. I have to admit I'm quite fussy about books, and I very rarely read a book to the end. This though was lovely to read. I finished it within a few days. I have now recommended it to other people who have also enjoyed it.
I was given this by a reading group and agree with all the comments, it is a delightful book. I enjoyed the story being told through letters, it's a different way of getting to know characters. This is a book I will encourage others to read.
Great to hear positive feedback on 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. We held a party in the Library last Summer to celebrate the launch of the book and invited islanders who had lived through the Occupation. In the main people were very positive about the book and felt that it captured the spirit of the Occupation; though some local names were a little odd! Ed Jewell Customer Services Librarian Guille-Alles Library Guernsey
Ed Jewell
I agree with Verina. The characters were so entertaining in themselves. Their experiences during the war were sometimes harrowing but they carried on despite this and their quirkiness was delightful. As was said by Nan - delightful and unique!
Chris Bloomfield
I love this book! I warmed to the characters immediately. The book is told in letters written by the characters themselves. It is a unique book and an enjoyable read.

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