• A. Ireland King

What's Your Favourite Book?

It's a hard question. How could you narrow it down to one favourite book? If I had to, I think this one would be at the top of my list: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I first read it years ago, and enjoyed a recent re-read even more than the first time. The best stories make you feel things, and that's what this one did for me. I laughed, I cried, and I rooted for its quirky characters. And now they're making it into a film. Yay!

'It's 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer's block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.'

I've seen this book criticised for jumping from one character to the next, each section being a different letter, but I love the way we're fed little bits of information as we get slowly drawn in to the story. It's precisely the weaving together of the stories of a group of strangers, all connected through Juliet, that makes this book such a satisfying read. I love its old-fashioned language, and the relationships that unfold as the story goes on.

The tragic events surrounding the German occupation give the story an urgency and realism that's both heart-breaking and touching. I love it!

What's your favourite book, if you had to choose?

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