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by Mary Ann Shaffer

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ISBN: 0385340990
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer
Language: English
Publisher: The Dial Press (July 29, 2008)
Pages: 288
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows that was published in 2008. It was turned into a movie in 2018 featuring Lily James as Juliet Ashton.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows that was published in 2008. The book is set in 1946 and is an epistolary novel, composed of letters written from one character to another. In January 1946, 32-year-old Juliet Ashton embarks on a cross-country tour across England to promote her latest book.

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow’s new book, The Guernsey . Shaffer offers us a charming and wide-ranging palette of humanity trying their best to cope under very trying circumstances

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow’s new book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an opportunity to travel back in time to 1946 Guernsey. Beginning early 1946 in London, Juliet Ashton, a British writer, and former war journalist, is emerging from the ashes of the war to rebuild her life and her identity. Shaffer offers us a charming and wide-ranging palette of humanity trying their best to cope under very trying circumstances. As someone who knew very little about the occupation of the Channel Islands, I found it educational as well as a fun read.

Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. Year: 2008 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. Synopsis: January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. 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. PART ONE. Mr Sidney Stark, Publisher.

Shaffer Mary An. ary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE . We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food. ary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY Lovingly dedicated to my mother, Edna Fiery Morgan, and to my dear friend Julia Poppy -M. A. S. And to my mother, Cynthia Fiery Barrows -A. B. From Juliet to Sidney8th January, 1946Mr. Sidney Stark, PublisherStephens & Stark Lt. 1 St. James’s PlaceLondon . Susan managed to procure ration coupons for icing sugar and real eggs for the meringue.

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. MARY ANN SHAFFER was born in 1934 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Many years later, when goaded by her own book club to write a novel, Mary Ann naturally thought of Guernsey. LO·ingly dedicated to my mother, Edna Fiery Ivlorgan, and to my dear friend, Julia Poppy. She became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1980. After the book was finished and greeted with avid enthusiasm, selling to publishers around the world, Mary Ann's health began to decline shortly thereafter and she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, to help her finish the book. Mary Ann died in February 2008.

The novel was completed by her niece, Annie Barrows, the author of the Ivy & Bean and other children’s stories and the novel The Truth According to Us (2015). And while I want to tell you that you always want to see an author enjoy a well-deserved success, there is something about all of this that fits the author’s story and the story she tells. Their mischievous pig roast compelled them to keep up appearances as the literary society they indeed were not. Yet, as one of the inciters of the pig roast writes, Once two members read the same book, they could argue, which was our great delight.

The zany title of Mary Ann Shaffer's first and, alas, last novel derives from an invented book club . A novel in letters about books, bibliophiles, publishers, authors and readers, it centres on an imagined post-occupation Guernsey

The zany title of Mary Ann Shaffer's first and, alas, last novel derives from an invented book club on the island of Guernsey in the second world war. The club is invented by the resourceful character Elizabeth McKenna, who, bumping into a German patrol after curfew with a crowd of revellers, makes the society up on the spot. In reality, the tipsy party had been consuming forbidden roast pig at Amelia Maugery's. A novel in letters about books, bibliophiles, publishers, authors and readers, it centres on an imagined post-occupation Guernsey. Juliet Ashton, the whimsical, intuitive heroine, is an up-and-coming writer.

I hope, too, that my book will illuminate my belief that love of art-be it poetry, storytelling, painting, sculpture, or music-enables people to transcend any barrier man has yet devised. Mary Ann Shaffer December 2007. For now, I will ask Kit over for supper and to spend the night with me so that Juliet and Dawsey can have the freedom of the shrubbery-just like Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

2017: – The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows) – Confessions of a Bibliophile.

Posted on February 20, 2012. The core of the story belongs perhaps to two people: Juliet and Elizabeth McKenna. 2017: – The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows) – Confessions of a Bibliophile. April 11, 2018 at 8:39 pm.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. “Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love “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.Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society“A jewel . . . Poignant and keenly observed, Guernsey is a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends.”People “A book-lover’s delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary.”Chicago Sun-Times “A sparkling epistolary novel radiating wit, lightly worn erudition and written with great assurance and aplomb.”The Sunday Times (London) “Cooked perfectly à point: subtle and elegant in flavour, yet emotionally satisfying to the finish.”The Times (London)

Comments:

Unirtay
I forgot how much fun it is to read good, old-fashioned correspondence. These letters, especially the ones written by the central character, are jaunty, naughty, full of personality and spunk. Her response to a dinner invitation, for example, is “Yes, dinner with pleasure. I’ll wear my new dress and eat like a pig.”

Pigs end up playing a major role in this wonderful little book when the author connects with some villagers on Guernsey Island, who have recently emerged from German occupation during World War II. She learns how they outsmarted the Germans, who were fussy over farm animals, according to one explanation of how The Guernsey Literary Society came about in the first place. Spoiler alert: it was because of pigs.

Their mischievous pig roast compelled them to keep up appearances as the literary society they indeed were not. Yet, as one of the inciters of the pig roast writes, “Once two members read the same book, they could argue, which was our great delight.” Their original naughtiness eventually morphed into a sweet band of friends who “read books, talked books, argued over books, and became dearer and dearer to one another.”

The characters are vivid and easy to love, like the characters in Foyle’s War and 84 Charring Cross Road, carrying on despite the undertow of war rumbling beneath them. The writing delighted me, because so much of it made the familiar, ordinary things of life fresh and beautiful and fun (like when the author confesses really like to leave London to live on Guernsey instead). She writes, “The only thing I’d truly miss about London are Sidney and Susan, the nearness to Scotland, new plays, and Harrods Food Hall.” Refreshing: a little bit naughty, a little bit spice. My favorite line in the whole book is her contention that, “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.”

I consider it a compliment to say that this was such a good book, it may have ruined me for whatever one’s next!
Bukelv
Heaps of reviews so not much I can add here...but....

Lucky me, I got to read it while visiting Guernsey!

Was this book worth the Kindle Price? $8.63 USD. Yup, absolutely!

Is it a page turner? Yes.

Did I want to be reading this book when I wasn't reading this book? Yes.

Did I learn anything from this book?
Yes, loved all the information so subtly provided about the German occupation. It's like a history book without the boring bits.

Did I think about this book after I was finished reading.
Yes, it has stayed with me. It's been a month since I put it down but I still do think of it. Luckily, I was able to get a fridge magnet of the book cover while in Guernsey.

My only negative comment - now this may sound petty as I really did enjoy all the books and all the characters! But I did notice they all have the same voice. We don't all write letters in the same style and this was not reflected in the book. All the letters were written in the same particular witty style. Made for good fun reading but I did find that a bit strange as like I said, we do all write differently!
Vinainl
I really wanted to love this book, but it was just "ok" for me. I did not enjoy the format of it, although many would not really care about that aspect. It is written as correspondence between many characters. I did really enjoy the characters, though, and did not have any difficulty following the story. However, I really wish there was a bit more discussion of Juliet and Dawsey's relationship. It just seemed to come out of the blue, with no real excitement leading up to it. I didn't get much satisfaction out of it, for that reason. It was a very cute book, though, and I love a book about books and reading. Very well-written. I will definitely watch the Netflix adaptation - I have a feeling this is going to be one of those instances where I like the movie better than the book, and those times are rare.
Arlelond
At the risk of sounding like everyone else, I so badly want to go to Guernsey!! I should actually say that I want to go BACK to Guernsey because I feel like I've just returned home after a long visit there with all of my dear friends. And, in a strange way, I feel a little shell-shocked inside because of all that occurred while I "was there".

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" is a book that took me by surprise. Being an epistolary novel, I wasn't expecting an abundance of detail or character development. I suppose I was expecting a chatty and carefree book that just skimmed over the tops of things. It was chatty and it was carefree in parts, but oh, it was so much more.

The characters didn't just write letters that barely touched on their experiences during the German Occupation (in Guernsey), what had happened during the war in London or with what was going on in their current lives. They delved right in and gave a tremendous amount of details. Some stories made you laugh out loud, some made you furious or shocked and some even brought you to tears. I think what touched me the most is that these types of stories really DID occur during WW2. They aren't far-fetched situations that would never have happened - they DID happen. THAT'S what brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

There is just so much that I could say about this book. Lol I don't even know how to express properly how awesome I truly thought it was. It is a multi-faceted gem that I am thrilled that I FINALLY discovered.
Whiteflame
This is a different sort of WWII novel in that it takes place post-war but relates events from the war. It is an epistolary novel and one has to get used to the various letter-writers. The chapter headings indicate a change in narrator but the voice is not always that different and so the events within in the narrative have to remind the reader of who is talking. Eventually that is not much of an issue as the narrators become fewer. The story is original and at times amusing and/or poignant. The literary references are fun...the more one has read, the more one has insights into the ironies or asides. I recommend it highly as an original, interesting, historically unique perspective on WWII.

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