The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Socitey ISBN: 9780747598800
Publisher: Bloomsbury 2009
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This whimsical story is about an author, Juliet, and her growing friendship with a group of Guernsey readers, the whole story told in a series of letters between Juliet and her friends. Set in 1946, the story is written against the backdrop of the second world war, and its aftermath on Europe. It’s funny and sweet and mushy and sad, and overall, it’s an easy read. I’m a big fan of getting my full eight hours of sleep every night, but I risked panda eyes for this book, staying up till midnight two nights in a row to finish the story.

What I really enjoyed was the style – epistolary. In fact, it made me go looking for my copy of Daddy Long Legs to re-read. The main protagonist is an author (and one who doesn’t take herself too seriously), which makes the voice of her letters light and ironic. In fact, I could almost visualise each letter-writer from the tone they used. The book appealed to my fascination with World War II. Unlike Charlotte Grey and so many other novels set during the war, in occupied Europe, this story is unusual in that it focuses on the lives of the Channel Islanders. I had never even realised that parts of England were actually occupied for the better part of the war. And finally, I have to admit I was predisposed to like the book just because of its title – it’s a book about a book club.

It isn’t a particularly meaningful novel, but it’s light and fun, and I would definitely recommend it for a quiet weekend.

Maya Chandrasekaran

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