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To give them hope she must tell their story It's 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer's block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book - she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books - and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.
'Delightfully spirited ... You'd have to be pretty hard-hearted not to fall under its spell' - Daily Mail
'Atmospheric and touching ... it is about love and friendship and the ability of these qualities to survive adversity' - Alexander McCall Smith, The Times
'I can't remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one ... Treat yourself to this book, please - I can't recommend it highly enough' - Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
'Every now and again, a book comes along that is simple yet effective, readable yet memorable. This is one such delight ... It is a uniquely humane vision of inhumanity; one to lift even the most cynical of spirits' - The Times
'Funny, moving and quite unlike anything I have read for a long time' - Sunday Telegraph
'Shaffer's writing, with its self-deprecating humour and jaunty stylishness, is a heart-warmingly nostalgic journey into another age' - Independent
'This heart-warming novel contrasts the grimness of occupied Guernsey with the humour and courage of the inhabitants' - Daily Mail
Publication date: 05/04/2018
|Publication date:||5th April 2018|
|Author:||Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, UK Top 10,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
MARY ANN SHAFFER was born in 1934 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She worked as an editor, a librarian and in bookshops. She became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there as a heavy fog descended and no boats or planes were permitted to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to clear, she came across a book called Jersey Under the Jack-Boot, and so her fascination with the Channel Isles began. Many years later, when goaded by her own literary club to write a book, Mary ...More About Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer