The guernsey literary and potato peel book

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

T he 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. This is less a historical novel than a bibliophilic jeu d'esprit by an ex-librarian and bookseller, posthumously published, and completed by her niece Annie Barrows. A novel in letters about books, bibliophiles, publishers, authors and readers, it centres on an imagined post-occupation Guernsey.

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Mary Ann Shaffer's first and only novel opens in London in , and could scarcely, it seems, be more English. Yet its author was an American, a bibliophile from West Virginia who died earlier this year. She is at home with both the idiom of her characters and the epistolary form of her novel. It is sad to think that this is her sole published work. She had been encouraged to write by members of her book club and, in her late sixties, took the plunge. Having visited Guernsey in , Shaffer became fascinated by the wartime occupation of the Channel Islands, and during the course of her research - woven unobtrusively into the the book - she heard tales of terrible cruelty and great courage. The deprivation was such that the German soldiers would risk execution by stealing food from the islanders, who themselves subsisted mainly on turnip soup and fried their parboiled potatoes by scorching them on an iron.

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The beloved, life-affirming international bestseller which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide - now a major film starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton To give them hope she must tell their story It's 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. Back Fiction.

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The book is set in and is an epistolary novel , composed of letters written from one character to another. In January , year-old Juliet Ashton embarks on a cross-country tour across England to promote her latest book. Written under her pen-name Izzy Bickerstaff , the book is a compilation of comedic columns she wrote about life during World War II. Despite the fact that she was initially contracted to write another Izzy Bickerstaff book, Juliet writes to her publisher that she wants to retire the pseudonym. On her tour Juliet is greeted with flowers everywhere from the mysterious Markham V. Reynolds, Jr.

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