95. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Marie Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

You know how they say the book is always better than the movie. Well I guess this time, the movie ACTUALLY did justice to a book.

The only reason why I picked up the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was because of how beautifully the film was shot. It starred one of my favourite English actors Lily James – who literally brings perfection to any movie she is cast in. I liked her since her small role in Downton Abbey and fell in love when she played Natasha in War & Peace.

(Image from Frock Flicks)

I’ve ranted in my review about the said book in a previous blog post so I’ll save you guys my speech on “Lily James – the Perfect Period Drama Heroine”.

Coming back to the review for which you’ve graced me some precious clicks and time, (I’m grateful! You’re validating a girl’s dream of making a dent in the universe albeit virtually).

“We clung to books and to our friends; they reminded us that we had another part to us.”

Without further ado…


After the end of World War 2, Juliet – a writer –  is going on a book tour all over the British Kingdom for her book called “Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War” that was a hit among the masses during the war for its humour and content. While the country is recovering from the destruction, Juliet finds a letter from a man Called Dawsey from Guernsey Island, who found her address in a book by Charles Lamb and wanted to know where could he find more of his work.

“All my life I thought that the story was over when the hero and heroine were safely engaged — after all, what’s good enough for Jane Austen ought to be good enough for anyone. But it’s a lie.”

Through their correspondence, Juliet gets to know about their book club called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, its founder Elizabeth Mckenna and the various events during the German occupation that lead to its establishment. Soon enough she starts corresponding with the other inhabitants of the Islands and their interesting stories inspire her to write a book.

“Life goes on.” What nonsense, I thought, of course it doesn’t. It’s death that goes on.”

After many letters sent back and forth, she finally visits Guernsey and meets her penpals in real life who become dear to her, as family. As she gets to know more about the habits of her friends she soon enough learns the awful hurt and pain they endured hidden behind their hospitable nature and goodness.

“Boredom is a powerful reason, and the prospect of fun is a powerful draw – especially when you are young.”


(Image From Aros Community Theatre)

Like I mentioned above that I picked this book because I really liked the movie but as always the book is always BETTER! The movie might have been a bit dark and gloomy, however I found the book very funny and amusing.

“It is a pity we have lost the tidings of our souls. We shall have to go in search of them again, or worse in all ways shall befall us.”

It also gave more depth to the characters and I understood their reservation and hesitation in the movie, more clearly. I kid you not I love the character of Juliet and find her way of looking at life and wits, extremely adorable.

“I love seeing the bookshops and meeting the booksellers– booksellers really are a special breed.”

I can go on and on with my affection for this beautiful story of finding the “love” and “laughter” in life after going through War and destruction. Every single character in this book was affected by the war and their coping mechanism and dealing with it, is equally unique.

“We clung to books and to our friends; they reminded us that we had another part to us.”

Just throws light as to how different we humans are when it comes to the matter of life and death, or love and sorrow.

As a huge World War biopic/movie junkie, this one has got to be the most friendly and bearable out of the lot that I have seen till date. (Trust me I’ve seen a ton and shed so many tears that I literally “cried a river”)

Onto the basics:

  1. Rating: 5.0/5.0
  2. Favorite quote: “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.”
  1. Reader level: Fairly easy.
  2. Should you read:  Please do, if you want something light, adorable with depth and seriousness.
  3. Would I read it again: Not giving my copy to anyone.

Till next time,






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