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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Friday 21 November 2008
The memorable title of Shaffer's first (and sadly last) novel is the name of a war-time book club, invented by a group of Guern-sey villagers stopped by a German patrol for breaking curfew.
Posthumously published, and completed by her niece, this epistolary novel revolves around the post-war correspondence between an English writer, Juliet, fascinated by life in occupied Guernsey, and a local pig farmer.
Shaffer's writing, with its self-deprecating humour and jaunty stylishness, is a heart-warmingly nostalgic journey into another age.
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