The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

Juliet Ashton is an author and journalist living in London just after the Second World War. She is struggling to find inspiration for her next book, but one day she receives a letter from a man in Guernsey who has found her contact details in a book. He explains that due to the German occupation of Guernsey during the war, there are no books on the island and he asks whether she would be willing to send some books. As their communication develops, Juliet learns more about life under German rule in Guernsey and decides to visit herself.

This is an epistolary novel, and generally I felt this form worked well. The characters are fun and likeable, but I did feel that there were a few too many, and it was sometimes difficult to remember who was who. However, I loved learning about life on the Channel Islands during the German occupation as it was something I didn’t know much about at all.

This is quite a light hearted and fun read, but with plenty of history too.

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