The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2008
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" I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers." January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends--and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society--born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island--boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2008.
ISBN: 9780739368435
0739368435
Branch Call Number: FIC Shaff 9254ag 1
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 01, 2017

Through a series of letters, notes, telegraphs, etc, friends & family keep in touch. Our main correspondant, Juliet Ashton, finds herself becoming immersed in the lives of the members of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, a group that was born unexpectedly during the Nazi occupation during WWII. The more she learned of how this group came to be & what kept it going, she knew she had to travel to Guernsey to meet the people & learn more. As she spends some time on the island of Guernsey, a shift of love interests takes place. The man she thought she loved & was going to marry turns out to be all wrong for her. On Guernsey, she finds her true self, & her true loves...yes LOVES, plural. It's a beautiful story of love, loss, fear, & redemption.

I LOVED this book! I felt that it was a bit slow to begin with, but as the map of characters became clear in my mind & the connections between them all, I couldn't help but keep reading/listening! Since the story was written as a series of correspondances between various characters, I felt like I was snooping through somebody's box of old letters. I think that's what kept me reading in some spots. I felt as though I was in the attic of an old friend, sorting through their belongings when I came across this box, began reading the letters, found a comfy spot to have a seat, then got lost in the world of the past. Wonderful!

Age recommendation: 14 & up

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.

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Lerenn
Jun 30, 2016

I absolutely loved this book. I listened to it and enjoyed the cast of many who gave life to the characters in accents and voices I could not have imagined myself. I knew nothing of the wartime experiences here, nor really did I know anything more than that Guernsey existed. I learned a lot and feel enriched by the story and what I learned through its telling. One of the best performed audiobooks I've listened to and at this point I've listened to multiple many.

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moschu_blue
Jan 16, 2016

It took me a while to get into this story, but it develops into a strong story with impressive characters with a story to tell.

JCLCatherineG Oct 06, 2015

If you're interested in this story you must listen to the audio. It is wonderful! Several people read, all with very different and lovely British accents. It's a story of friendship, books, and the German occupation of a small island during WWII.

librarylizzard Jun 30, 2015

Wonderfully witty and laid back, this book is composed of letters to and from a journalist as she researches a book society that existed on an isolated English Channel island during WW2. There is love, intrigue, high-brow literary references, and the British humor that kept me going through many to-and-fro trips to work. As other reviewers point out, the audio version is not to be missed - spectacular performances all around!

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kljl
Nov 21, 2013

This is a book for people who do not want to read about sex and crime (although WWll crimes are mentioned) and they do not want to read a book with swearing in it. The characters in this book are delightful.

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donna_25
Jul 22, 2013

Highly recommend that you listen to the taped book which is beautifully narrated by several readers. I read the book several years ago and enjoyed the taped version even more.

bnotash70 Jan 09, 2013

Really a wonderful book. And the people reading the story have wonderful; English accents and beautiful voices. A story of the war experiences done in retrospect in a series of letters written in 1946. The Nazis occupied the island of Guernsey, hoping to invade Britain's main island. A yound lady writer who lived in London then and wrote columns during the war, goes to Guernsey soon after and meets the people there and falls in love with the island, the people, an orphan, and a man there.

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haploU5
Apr 25, 2012

This story actually brought tears to my eyes.
Told through a series of letters written in 1946, the story unfolds as Juliet, an aspiring author, starts a correspondence with a group people on a small British island called Guernsey in the English Channel. Occupied by the Germans during WWII, the inhabitants, each one more unique and quirky than the previous, spins a tale of how they coped with the hardships and atrocities of war; and how their odd named literary society began.
The story will please any literature buff. Some off the books the society discussed over the years are mentioned as are some of their reviews. A few made me chuckle, others lifted my eyebrows and some authors mentioned I had to look up as I was not aware of them. They are now on my “for later” shelf.
Vivid characters, heart wrenching scenarios and uplifting heroism make this a superb tale that is very much recommended

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Ireadalot2
Apr 19, 2012

I loved the novel and listeneing to it was even better. It is read by several voices so it is easy to follow who is writing.

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Nov 01, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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