Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society- Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
What an absolute gem of a book.
I didn’t think it was my sort of thing after looking at the cover (yes yes I’m a book lover and you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and all that sort of thing but
guiltily admittedly I still do!) But what I found was a charming and heart warming read that has stayed with me a few weeks after reading it. It’s one of those books where you don’t want the story to end.
It is 1946: Juliet Ashton is a journo/writer living in London, a broken city which is beginning to piece itself back together in the devastating aftermath of World War Two. And Juliet is having one of those awful moments where she can’t decide on what to write for her next novel. But little would she guess that she would find it in a letter from a man she has never even met.
As Juliet begins a correspondence with the man and his friends, she quickly finds herself drawn into a world so different from her own- it’s totally bizarre, quirky and on the island of Guernsey, one of the British Channel Islands that was occupied by Nazis during the war.
Written in a series of letters from character to the other, from London to Guernsey and back again, the author has created a wonderful cast of characters. All book lovers, they are so warm, real and full of life that they practically leap off the page. Juliet learns about how the German-occupied island has impacted on their lives and how the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society was born. I’m not going to spoil it for you but it involves German soldiers and a pig.
Finding Guernsey and its inhabitants irresistible Juliet sets off for the island- and what events happen there will change in her life forever.
The novel is a warm and humorous read that charms you from the first chapter. It is easy to see why it is so widely acclaimed as despite the obstacles, the story shows that relationships can begin in the most extraordinary ways from places you would never be able to guess at.
“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.”
Do I recommend you to read it? Yes!
Genre: historical fiction/ war literature