Every weekend, we delve into the British backlist and recommend a book for you.

the-guernsey-litThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

This epistolary novel set during the Second World War is charming and delightful.

It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.

 

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