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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Paperback – 7 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Reprint edition (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408810263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408810262
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,109 customer reviews)
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'Charming ... one to lift even the most cynical of spirits' The Times 'Thronging with lovable people ... golden comedy' Guardian 'What a gorgeous book - very touching and funny' Joanna Lumley 'Delightfully spirited and quirky novel-of-letters ... You'd have to be pretty hard-hearted not to fall under its spell' Daily Mail Books of the Year

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`The society's members are quirky and lovable, their friendships touching and the letters so funny and moving that by the time she's considering a visit to the island we are desperate to go with her' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I only read this book because it was the monthly choice for the reading book club that I belong to.It was not the genre that I would have normally chosen from, but the point of the club is to widen our reading , so that we experience books that are out of our normal choice. It worked for me!!
The book gives a deep insight into how the people of Guernsey lived during the German occupancy, in the War. Their resilience is clearly shown with the development of their "Guernsey potato peel pie" and the characters are pleasant and well defined. There are many snippets of war time determination, friendships, and incidents which I found informative . I liked the way there were insights of German acts of kindness and empathy- it's all too often portrayed in films and books that all Germans were the " baddies".
Different scenes are vividly described, often with great humour, which makes this book an enjoyable read. I particularly liked the incident with the pigs head !!!
I wouldn't rate this book as a stunning read, but more a down to earth enjoyable one.
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This book is beautiful. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It will also shock you and through the letters bring out some of the horrors of war but in a very human and positive way. If I could give this more stars I would. Am going to buy this as a gift for so many friends and book a trip to Guernsey. A must read.
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I thought at first I would not like the book but as it has progressed, I have enjoyed reading it. The book throws light on the occupation of the Channel Islands and what it was like to live under a regime which is currently featuring on TV at present. The book is well written and has touches of humour which contrast with some of the darker truths.
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Fabulous book and love the concept of letters, a dying art brought to life. Gives a real insight into ordinary lives after the 2nd World War in a heart felt, warm way.
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A very good read, I wanted to read it because I wanted to know how the name of the potato peel pie came into the society, and now I want to go to Guernsey. Also there a film out next year called Guernsey which has idea's from the book, they have been filming scene in Bideford Devon where I live. I love the book.
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This was a fascinating read....took me a bit of time to get used to the narrative.....but once I did - I was hooked! Recommended!
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This is an easy to read book and is worth reading but the story and characterisation are not overly credible and don't bear scrutiny. It has the feel of a fairy story about a serious subject.
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I loved this book, the characters are so vivid, the style refreshing, the story extraordinary and I had to read it slowly so it wouldn't be over too soon and I would have to leave all the people I had met.
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