The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (June BRC Book Group)

literary potato pie

The next book for the BRC book group is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  We’ll be discussing this on 13th June from 12-1pm in F3, St Michaels.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

We’re looking forward to a “lighter” read this time with a nice film tie-in!

Author, Juliet Ashton, can’t think what to write next.  She begins a correspondence with Dawsey Adams of Guernsey, who reveals that he is part of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Juliet is interested as she begins to hear from other members about life in Guernsey under German Occupation.  Could there be a story in this?

This will be our last meeting for this academic year so we’ll take a vote on our favourite book of 2017/18.

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2 thoughts on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (June BRC Book Group)”

  1. On behalf of Aileen Arthur:

    “Despite failing to remember the title of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want it to end. I felt the epistolary format worked well and made it easier to picture the characters and remember their individual stories. I found the information on the WW2 german occupation of the channel islands very interesting, but harrowing, especially the awful treatment of the Todt slave workers. The story of how the Society came to be was wonderful. I warmed to most of the characters and loved their witty and moving stories.

    For me, the one weakness was what felt like a rushed ending. I remember thinking when I only had a few pages left to read that there were a lot of loose ends to tie up. I wonder if this was a result of the niece ‘finishing up’.

    I would give this 9 out of 10”

  2. We were all very interested to learn about the German occupation of Guernsey and we thought that this was a “pleasant” light read. Most of us have seen the film. Some of us liked the letter writing style and others thought that the story was often forced out of the letters. Overall we gave the book 7/10.

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