The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

This book was so beautifully written and I loved the way that it became so easy to be engrossed in the character’s lives. I was sceptical at first about whether I would want to read a book written entirely in a letter format, but I found it intriguing and it made me want to read on to find out the contents of the next letter that Juliet would send or receive!

This book focusses on a young journalist called Juliet Ashton, who,after the second world war is struggling with writer’s block. She receives a mysterious letter from a man, Dawsey Adams, who has come across a copy of a book she once owned. From there the conversation begins and the story really develops. I loved the way that on the one hand it was like reading someone’s personal diary, and on the other hand it taught me a great deal about the German occupation in Guernsey that I was previously unaware of.

The story is written in such a beautiful way that I found myself picking up clues about how events may unfold, and there were enough surprises in the book to maintain the momentum and interest of the story. It was just so lovely to read and I am very glad I read this before watching the film, which I am assured is equally as good.

As it was set in 1946 I find myself wondering what Juliet Ashton would be doing now, how her life would have panned out, and this is yet another book I have read where the characters have really felt like friends. Highly recommended.

One thought on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

  1. I’ve heard a lot about this book but had no idea what it was about but it sounds super interesting! It’s always great when a book is not just an interesting story from a literary perspective but also teaches you something new. Thanks for sharing – really want to read this sometime this year! x


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