The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

This is an ideal summer read with enough depth to keep you interested.

Set in 1946, just after the end of the Second World War, this novel is told in epistolary form, with letters passing from islanders on Guernsey to a novelist who then joins them – a young author Juliet Ashton in London.

The letter exchange begins when Juliet receives one from Mr Dawsey Adams after he has found an old book of hers. He asks for more books for his book club; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Juliet replies with questions of this unusually named club!

Letters fly back and forth to Adams and various members of the Literary Society as Juliet is fascinated by the tales of a group who lived through the wartime German Occupation and their stories.

All the characters have distinctive voices through their letters which make it much easier to keep track of who is who!

The author has managed to intertwine a light-hearted story with a sometimes haunting historical account. The emphasis on exploring real people’s stories of life at the time makes for a really interesting read. There is a budding romance simmering away in the background which leads to a predictable but happy ending.

It would not be surprising if it was turned into a film or TV adaptation as the book really gives itself to this.
I have to say this is now one of my most favourite books.

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