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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. . . .

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

“A jewel . . . Poignant and keenly observed, Guernsey is a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends.”People

“A book-lover’s delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary.”Chicago Sun-Times

“A sparkling epistolary novel radiating wit, lightly worn erudition and written with great assurance and aplomb.”The Sunday Times (London)

“Cooked perfectly à point: subtle and elegant in flavour, yet emotionally satisfying to the finish.”The Times (London)

Paul Boehmer
hr min
July 29
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

RunnyOregano597 ,

Watch the Movie First!!!

I absolutely LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I saw the movie on Netflix and loved it then saw the movie was based on a book and loved the book even more! That is why I am warning people, watch the movie FIRST. I’ll explain, I watched the movie first then read the book and loved them both because when I read the book I got to meet new characters. My friend did the reverse and now dislikes the movie because she went into it expecting all the characters from the book (too many for a movie) and was disappointed. So please, let the ride get better and better by watching the movie first then reading the book. I will 100% say the book was better but I still love the movie!

SLFinch313 ,

Beyond wonderful

I LOVED IT! I saw a preview for the movie and was hooked when I saw Lily James. A friend told me that the movie was based on a book, so naturally I had to read it before the movie premiered. The book instantly became one of my favorites! It made me want to travel to Guernsey and made me sad that I could never know these people. By the end I felt as though I was losing my greatest friends... highly recommend! And the narration is stunning!

HeleneQ1 ,

Loved it !!

Great love story & recollection of wartime events that I never knew. A lovely little story. I saw the movie which was slightly different from this story. It makes me want to go there. I didn’t want the book to end. My only concern is that I liked the movie better. The audio is set up by a series of letters to lay out the events. The movie doesn’t do that except for a few letters at the beginning. The back & forth of letters doesn’t keep my attention as much as the movie. Still, it was adorable.

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