Friday, April 23, 2010

Guernsey Literary ...

One of the books I read on holidays was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback about this book, to the extent that I wondered if it would live up to the hype. For me, it did. It is an absolute delight.

It is a book written entirely as a series of letters, centered around the main character, Juliet, an author living in London in 1946. The letters are between her and her friends, her publisher (Sidney) and members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, one of whom starts the correspondence writing to her out of the blue.

It is clever, gentle, funny and also poignant, covering the times of the occupation of Guernsey by Germany and then the post-war events of 1946. It is one of those books that you don't really want to to end and then you need to pause before picking up the next book to let it sink in.

Highly recommended.

1 comment:

Nicole said...

I really loved this one too!