Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

the Guernsey literary potato peel pie society takes place on the island of Guernsey which is in the English Channel during the second world war when the island was occupied by the Germans and it's about a group of eccentric locals and transplanted Londoners who come together in a particularly inauspicious moment to form a book club and it's about the books that they read and how they grow to love one another and save one another during that time a group of people who are having dinner together stayed out after curfew and they were caught by the German Patrol and one of the dinner guests Elizabeth I heroine thought to say to them we have just been having a meeting of the Guernsey literary society and we had was having such a lovely time we we stayed out after curfew terribly sorry that got them out of being arrested the potato peeled pipe part came later one of their members refused to go to any meeting where there were not refreshments so the potato peeled pie being about as good at refreshments you could get during the occupation became part of the standard food that was offered at the meetings these fishermen these big farmers these people who have lived in relative isolation all their lives suddenly discover when they are forced by circumstance to pretend that they have a book club suddenly discovered that they love to read and suddenly discovered that there is a whole world of books and reading that will allow them to surmount circumstance you know the Germans might be outside the house but inside the house where the Guernsey literary and potato peeled by society is meeting to talk about Chaucer it's a place of hope and warmth and really that does save these people during this terrible time it really does give them something to live for we can't evade the fact that this is a story about world war two and there is no writing a story about world war two without the tragedy that came with the war the book is an epistolary novel told in letters there are over 20 different voices in this novel and it was just fun to be able to embody 20 different people and work with 20 different voices from a reading standpoint – it's fun and there's a certainly a boy or a stick thrill in reading other people's inhales so it works on both levels I think my my collaborator and my aunt Mary Ann passed away in February and so she won't get to see this book come out but it was a wonderful honor to get to work on her book I hope readers experience the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society the way I did when I first read Mary Ann's story I had a reaction just being charmed and beguiled and I got as I got further into it I wanted to know these people books are of such importance to us they had to be important to these characters we loved so much

15 thoughts on “Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  1. I listened to the book on Audible in preparation for a visit to Guernsey. Hearing the individual voices of the characters added a whole new dimension to reading the novel.

  2. we are reading the book at our club here in Lanjarón, Spain and I have to do the presentation and break the ice to start our impressions on the book…. what happened to me after reading this book was that I wanted to know more things about Guernsey so Warro to everybody.

  3. I am from faraway India (the cultural city of Kolkata), and I bought this book secondhand at a throwaway price purely because of its intriguing name. I finished the book at a run and am out of breath right now. I am enamoured of a place of which I have never heard and can hardly pronounce. This is love, more often than not to be found in the unlikeliest place.

  4. I don't, because I think it's really bad. They'd probably shoot it in the Isle of Man anyway, like they did that fictional WWII drama about a fictional Channel Island.
    PS Despite the nom-de-plume, I AM a Guernseyman.

  5. This book, I'm sorry to say, has about as much relevance to the truth ( of living in Guernsey during the Occupation ) as,say, Ricky Gervaise's series Extras had to do with working in the film industry. It's just a peg on which to hang a not-very-good story. Did the authors even visit Guernsey, or do any significant research ? Not that I can see.
    It's a pity that this false tale has been taken up so much by American readers.
    Much better read The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.

  6. I can't help wondering, have any of these people who have left their comments here, read GB Edward's brilliant "The Book of Ebenezer Le Page?? Now there is a real authentic book about Guernsey!! Complete with real authentic Guernsey names. Anyone not yet read it, has a real treat in store, and having done so, can then reapraise this one. If that doesn' t put this book into true perspective, nothing will!!

  7. I can't get enough of Guernsey Books being a Guernsey Girl but now in Australia, thank you for sharing, I will be doing my utmost to buy a copy…

  8. I just finished reading this book today and I can't wait to go back to page one and read it all over again. I loved it because it made me laugh and cry and I cared about the characters. The fact that it was written in the form of letters to each other was different but what a nice change from normal chapters.

  9. Maravilloso libro. Los personajes son tiernos y divertidos. Muy original debido a su presentación como libro epistolar. Estoy deseando ir a Guernsey.

  10. My husband died a few days ago and in his last illness it was difficult to find the attention and time to spare for many things. But this book–one that I would have enjoyed under any circumstance–was able to engage me even as things went from bad to worse. Sometimes you just need a little refreshment in order to be able to go on and this book, read in snatches did just that. I am saddened to learn that Mary Ann died recently. Thanks Annie Barrows for your part in this most marvellous book.

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