The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe book is set in and is an epistolary novel , composed of letters written from one character to another. In January , year-old Juliet Ashton embarks on a cross-country tour across England to promote her latest book. Written under her pen-name Izzy Bickerstaff , the book is a compilation of comedic columns she wrote about life during World War II. Despite the fact that she was initially contracted to write another Izzy Bickerstaff book, Juliet writes to her publisher that she wants to retire the pseudonym. On her tour Juliet is greeted with flowers everywhere from the mysterious Markham V.
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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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T he zany title of Mary Ann Shaffer's first and, alas, last novel derives from an invented book club on the island of Guernsey in the second world war. The club is invented by the resourceful character Elizabeth McKenna, who, bumping into a German patrol after curfew with a crowd of revellers, makes the society up on the spot. In reality, the tipsy party had been consuming forbidden roast pig at Amelia Maugery's. This is less a historical novel than a bibliophilic jeu d'esprit by an ex-librarian and bookseller, posthumously published, and completed by her niece Annie Barrows. A novel in letters about books, bibliophiles, publishers, authors and readers, it centres on an imagined post-occupation Guernsey. Juliet Ashton, the whimsical, intuitive heroine, is an up-and-coming writer. While casting about for a new subject, she hears from a Guernsey pig farmer, Adam Dawsey, who has found Juliet's name and address in a second-hand copy of Charles Lamb's essays.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows that was published in It was turned into a movie in featuring Lily James as Juliet Ashton. The book is set in and is an epistolary novel, composed of letters.
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A war-ravaged Britain is emerging from the Second World War. Fate, however, finds its way, as the chance find by a Guernsey native of a book belonging to Juliet opens a surprising door. Soon, what began as a writerly search for inspiration will result in changes she could never anticipate. Set against a background of both physical and psychological recovery from the monstrosity of war, Shaffer ekes out a gentle but still penetrative comedy of manners, where the exchange of letters between two bibliophiles gradually draws together two different worlds. Simultaneously, we learn of the deep and often terrible sacrifices made by a small island community that found themselves abandoned to the power of the Nazi war machine.
Mary Ann Shaffer's first and only novel opens in London in , and could scarcely, it seems, be more English. Yet its author was an American, a bibliophile from West Virginia who died earlier this year. She is at home with both the idiom of her characters and the epistolary form of her novel. It is sad to think that this is her sole published work. She had been encouraged to write by members of her book club and, in her late sixties, took the plunge. Having visited Guernsey in , Shaffer became fascinated by the wartime occupation of the Channel Islands, and during the course of her research - woven unobtrusively into the the book - she heard tales of terrible cruelty and great courage. The deprivation was such that the German soldiers would risk execution by stealing food from the islanders, who themselves subsisted mainly on turnip soup and fried their parboiled potatoes by scorching them on an iron.