The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE ON NETFLIX - A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
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 shes 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 societys 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.
Filming & Production
As its name would suggest, the story is based on the channel island of Guernsey. Based on a book of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, the film encompasses many aspects you would expect from a historical drama set in the post-war period; intrigue, drama, plenty of travel, and a heartbreaking storyline. Eventually, she visits the island and begins to learn what life was like during the occupation of Guernsey. The harbour itself dates back to the 17th-century and is currently home to the Red Lion Pub, an inn dating back to the 18th-century. If you want to visit the beach for yourself, then Saunton Sands can be found close to the village of Saunton and lies close to the River Taw estuary. For the film, shopfronts were transformed to appear like the s, while military vehicles were brought in for the film set.
Please refresh the page and retry. The story recounts the tale of a writer who travels to Guernsey to write a book about the experiences of a literary society during the Second World War, and the Nazi occupation. But, surprisingly, the film bearing the name of the Channel island chose other locations to shoot in. Rather than transforming the island back to its s state, an American Dakota aircraft landed at Saunton Sands and the town of Bideford in north Devon was transformed for filming. Draped in swastikas, this, thankfully, was the first time that the English town saw a procession of German soldiers marching down its chocolate box streets. The Hartland Abbey estate and Clovelly, also in Devon, as well as Princes Wharf in Bristol and various locations around London were used as the backdrop to this heart-warming film.
Much of the film is based on true events and facts surrounding what happened to Guernsey during WWII. Guernsey, alongside the other Channel Islands, was the only British territory that the Germans invaded and occupied during the war. When the Third Reich gained control of nearby France it seemed inevitable that the Germans would soon arrive in Guernsey. Evacuation of the island began on the 19th June, with the front page of the Guernsey Press telling parents to prepare their children to evacuate the very next morning. As in the film, many families were separated during the war, sending their children off to safety in England. However, many islanders did follow their children and also managed to evacuate by boat before the Germans arrived.
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Mary Ann Shaffer had known nothing about the Channel Island before she visited in — just that the enclave off the northwest coast of France looked like a relaxing place to spend a weekend. Now a thick fog had settled over the island, shutting down the airport. She cracked open one of the books about the history of Guernsey to pass the time. About 17, Guernsey residents fled, but the 25, left behind were subject to German occupation. Resistance was futile — there was one soldier for every two islanders — and the few who fought back were sent to prison camps, with three Jewish women later perishing at Auschwitz. Shaffer became ill and died just months before the book was published, leaving Barrows to complete the final rewrites.