The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


“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.

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  • Kayleigh M.

    I live on post and it's locked down to incoming traffic. Not sure I'll get home and back out in time to make it.

    May 22

    • Kerri C.

      Don't kill me :-) but I won't be coming either. Last chance to see Jen before she leaves 4ever.

      1 · May 22

    • Michelle

      No worries! Send Jen my love and best wishes!!!

      May 22

  • Michelle M.

    Sorry guys- under the weather. :-(. I hope you enjoyed the book!

    May 22

    • Michelle

      Hope you get to feeling better.

      May 22

  • Jennifer V.

    Oh my goodness I just checked my calendar and I have a meeting that night! :( I read the book and really enjoyed it....will miss discussing it with all of you.

    May 14

    • Michelle

      No worries! See you next time.

      May 16

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