28 June, 2013

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer [Clare, Massey Library]

It is just after World War Two in a drab, war-weary London, and the author Juliet Ashton is looking for inspiration for her next book. She corresponds with her publisher and we learn of her successful career as a novelist and hopes for the future.

She gets a letter from a man living on Guernsey Island which is occupied by the Germans during World War Two. He has found her name and address inside a book and writes to her. She is charmed by his letter and gradually they develop a relationship by correspondence and she learns about the history of the island during the war. Some other residents also write and it is while she is in the throes of a new relationship that she decides to at last visit Guernsey Island and meet her new friends.

The ensuing events are told with a light, humorous and moving style. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it for someone who is looking for a good, easy and historical read.

Highly recommended.

Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer
ISBN: 9780385340991
Published: 2008
Publisher: The Dial Press

 - Clare, Massey Library

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