The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Review by AY
I thought I might review a book about a book reviewing club;-
The Channel Islands (located in the English Channel between France and Britain) are occupied by German soldiers from 1940 to 1945. Island's inhabitants are secretly feasting on a pig at night when they are sprung by German officials and charged with breaking a curfew. These resourceful locals come up with a spur of the moment tale that they are actually a literary society - and the impromptu Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is born.
The novel is written in series of letters and it follows a correspondence by a woman called Juliet Ashton with people on the island of Guernsey. We are introduced to them one by one, and among them is a pig-farmer called Dawsey Adams who wants to obtain books because they are so rare on Guernsey.
This is a historical novel that starts with a tone that is reminiscent of Jane Austen's writing. Characters are wonderfully quirky, funny, and deeply human. It is set against a backdrop of war and we are not spared of its horrors. But again we are reminded that a good book can be treasured even in the most trying of times.
Oh, and it is a love story after all.
Thanks for the review AY!
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