Tuesday, October 18, 2011

one I had to own

Not one of the batch of books I recently bought, but one I borrowed from a friend (thanks Mel) and then just had to have a copy for myself, so that I could revisit and savour it over again. It is that good. I thought I would share it here, just in case you haven't come across it yet.


"January 1946 - London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends - and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.' The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' - born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island - boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever"  Review from HERE

Utterly charming, and one that I couldn't put down. I was devastated to find the author had died before the book was published, I was so looking forward to more of her writing.

If you haven't read this book yet, do! And if you have read it, did you love it as much as I did?!


  1. It was my self appointed book of the year in 2009 and the truth is, I have not read a book as good since! It is romantic, mysterious, gentle, intriguing, dramatic and emotional ... just superb!

  2. Well then ... I must get it ASAP...sounds great :)

  3. I absolutely loved this book! And found myself learning all about the locale and the WWII history after I read it!


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