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The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

Updated on November 23, 2014
Guernsey coast
Guernsey coast | Source

Great Book Club Reading

When my book club chose The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for its next book, I was a bit skeptical, but I was in for a delightful surprise!

This wonderful little book takes place after World War II on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. The story is told entirely in letters and you get hear the story through the words of 20 different people.

The main character is a writer in England who corresponds with a wonderful cast of eccentric people from Guernsey. The main topic of discussion is life during World War II when the Germans occupied the island of Guernsey.

A wonderful read and a lots to discuss for book clubs. i highly recommend this book.

photo of Guernsey coast through Creative Commons - Steve 2.0

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society - people pulling together

In this book the people of Guernsey start a literary society in order to find an excuse for why they are staying out past the German curfew. The excuse was made up on by the quick thinking of one of the island's people when they were coming home late from eating a forbidden pig.

Many of these people were not readers but now they were in a literary society. Through their letters we see how books became a big part of their life during the occupation of the island.

We meet a great cast of charming characters that live on this remote island. There is Dawsey, the rather reclusive gentlemen, who is very short with words who first writes to Juliet (the English writer), Eben the fisherman, Elizabeth the one whose quick thinking started the literary society, and Amelia who is very cautious before allowing Juliet to enter their lives.

There are many more characters in the book, but I will leave that for you to discover when you read it.

This book says so much about the human spirit and how people live their daily lives and pull together in hard times!

The best book I've read this year!!

Where is Guernsey? Island in English Channel

A wonderfully eccentric cast of characters pulled together during wartime!

Have you read the book? - I'd love to hear what you think

On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?

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Guernsey during the Occupation - world war II history

Reading this the novel sparked my interest in what it was like on Guernsey during the occupation. This link will lead you to a variety of books during that time period in Guernsey.

Stop by and let me know you have visited - I'd love to hear from you

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      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

      A great read - thanks for the pictures and background info. It really makes a book come to life.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Putting this on my list of books to read. Great review!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Sounds like an interesting story. Not what I usually read, but think I'll give it a try.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society sounds like a great read, from your fabulous review. It sounds quite unique with the tale being told through letters.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I didn't read this book, but know I'll verify if our library has it. Thanks

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I think I would enjoy this book. It has an interesting plot.

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      candy47 5 years ago

      I haven't read it yet but it's on my list. Your lens has given me a nice preview of the book! Blessed.

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      BookNympho LM 5 years ago

      What a nice lens, based on a wonderful book! I'm so glad to have found it as I have such fond memories of reading it last year.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Blessed by an angel on the Memorial Day bus trip!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I know that the people of Guernesy had a very tough time during the German occupation. This sounds like a really interesting book, I hadn't heard of it before. Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star, and here is a blessing to go with it.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on the Purple Star and added to my Lensography of Purple Stars :-)

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      davemin 7 years ago

      Nice book review. I really enjoyed reading this book which i recieved as a present from my father who actually is a Guernsey man and often told us similar stories of what it was like when the island was occupied during the war.

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      The title alone is enough to make me want to read this book. I'll have to read this one! :-)

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      Virginia Allain 8 years ago from Central Florida

      Sounds fascinating. I'll put it on my reading list, which is getting longer and longer.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love your book review. You made me really want to read this book! 5*, blessed!

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      Joan Hall 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Historical fiction is one of the best ways to dig into history. Maybe I'll check this out!

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! I am definitely intrigued when you say it is the best book you've read all year. I am going to feature this on SquidLit Review at Crabbysbeach. 5*

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I nearly bought this book a couple of months ago and then changed my mind. Now I've read your lens, I'm going to buy it. Blessed by an Angel.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      You've made me want to read it. Sounds great! Angel blessed. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Sounds good, like a book I'd read. A great SquidLit page, blessed!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Sounds like a great cast of characters and an interesting book. 5*s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      So many books ..... too little time. This sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing!! I found this in the List a Lens a Day group on Squidoo Marketing. Great find! 5*****

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Great book review. I love Squidlit. 5*

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Gotta read this one! Thanks for the review.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A great review! This sounds like my kind of book. I'm putting it on my to read list.

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      Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Sounds like a very interesting book! I'll have to check it out!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Adding to my reading list! Great review!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Terrific lens! love it ^_^ 5*

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      boutiqueshops 8 years ago

      Wow! This sounds wonderful! It's right up my alley! Thanks for recommending it!

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      Very nice lens on an important subject. 5* well done.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Wow, this is great! I doubt I would have selected this book on my own, but since you have recommended it I will definitely read it. I like the idea of people standing together for a common cause. Thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Well this sounds like a fascinating book! I'll have to try it.