It’s 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can’t think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance he’s acquired a book Juliet once owned, and because of their mutual love of books, they begin a correspondence. Dawsey is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and it’s not long before the rest of the members start writing to Juliet.
As letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under the German occupation of the island. Entranced by their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island – and unwittingly turns her life upside down.
A moving and gloriously honest tale of post-war friendship, love and books.
The Christmas break can be a challenging time to get a book read. There always seems to be so much more to concentrate on. Thankfully, last month’s book was perfectly placed in our reading list to give us all a nice light read for the inevitable end of year mayhem. Shaver’s delightful Potato Peel Pie Society was enjoyed by our whole group, on varying levels. If you would like to read more on our discussion of this month’s book visit our blog Over The Fence .