The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society ~ Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

245 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Paperback

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society first caught my eye via the film trailer a couple of years ago; like many others I thought it looked interesting but I’d want to read the book first. It had pretty much slipped my mind when this popped up as the May book for Lauren and the Books’ Patreon Book Club giving the perfect excuse to revisit it.

Set in 1946, Juliet Ashton’s wartime columns originally published in The Times have been released as a book and she’s about to start a promotional tour of England while looking for a new topic to write about.  Out of the blue she receives a letter from a resident of Guernsey, he now owns one of her old books which she’d written her address inside, when he mentions he’s part of a literary society Juliet’s interest is peaked and before long she’s not only writing to Dawsey but several other of the island’s residents and forming quick friendships.

Photo of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Cover

This is written entirely in letters, telegrams and cables which I found to be such a refreshing format, the majority are between Juliet and other characters so learn about our main character and her relationships by the tone of each communication, for example her first few letters to Dawsey, the first Guernsey resident she ‘meets’ are much more formal as she’s writing to a complete stranger, however as the book progresses, so does their friendship and the way they communicate.

The film is currently on Amazon Video so that’s now on my ‘to watch’ list, overall I found this to be an uplifting read, completely different to everything else I’ve read lately. I found the writing enjoyable and actually learnt quite a lot about the situation in Guernsey during the war which I’m slightly embarrassed to say I knew very little about going into this.

2 thoughts on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society ~ Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows”

  1. This isn’t usually my choice of reading genre but Hubby and I watched the film the other week and I really liked it.
    I’d be interested to know how you feel about the film after reading the book.


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