a piece of brilliant literature
Posted in books October 22nd, 2008 by piablog

Remember a couple of weeks ago I was telling you about the book I had just started reading?

Well, sadly, I have finished it. And I reiterate, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is the most inspiring book I have read this year. Every single page is a literary piece of perfection in it’s own right.

I am so intrigued to visit Guernsey now – I want to walk along the clifftops like Juliet Ashton, I want to stand in a place where I can imagine her and Dawsey Adams having their moment. I want to see stone cottages dotted around the island, and wander along the shoreline skipping stones like Kit and breathing in the sea air. I want to find myself a little cottage by the seaside to write my own literary masterpiece.

The author Mary Shaffer, had a life-long dream to “write a book that someone would like enough to publish.” She did not live to see her dream come true as she passed away earlier this year. But if she were alive, I would write her a personal letter to tell her how much I enjoyed it.

Fabulous read, go get yourself a copy pronto if you haven’t already.


The above images are courtesy of two fabulous sites called Visit Guernsey and Floral Guernsey.


PS I have just started reading the so far hilarious My ‘Dam Life by fellow Australian + once upon a time Amsterdammer, Sean Condon. I’m up to page 37 and I have laughed out loud at least once per page thus far. I’m not sure it’s safe to admit that I actually relate to this guy and his crazy antics, but it’s the truth. And I’m all over that.

PPS I am about to add new books to the library in a few moments, so don’t forget to check’em out!


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  1. nadia says

    i am so glad you wrote this pia, my mum has been hear for the last 10 days and she has read 7 books from my library…I have not been able to find something i want to read….we even visited a few book stores where nothing grabbed my attention- so i will make it a point to get thei son my way home today(if i find it)…i definetly want to get lost in a book and this one sounds perfect!

    October 22nd, 2008 | #

  2. Laura says

    Hello Pia,
    I’ll be in Amsterdam for three days and will give a French Cuisine cooking class Friday evening (6 – 9 pm). If you know of anyone interested, ask him/her to contact me!

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

  3. sofia says

    It’s in my list, I want to wait until it’s in french 🙂 But I understand that so well, after reading Vonne Van der Meer books I want to go see the dutch island of Vlieland. I even get chills just by thinking of it 🙂

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

  4. Linda says

    As it happens, I just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society last night – an enjoyable read. It has been compared somewhat to Helen Hanff’s 1970 classic 84, Charing Cross Road. If you haven’t read Hanff’s correspondance with Marks & Co booksellers between 1949 and 1969, please do. You’re in for a treat.

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

  5. Oliveaux says

    I think I am going to have to track this down for my holiday reading this Christmas! Amanda x

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

  6. Annie says

    I have been wanting a really good book, thanks for sharing, I am buying it this week, and that photo makes me drool :-).

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

  7. Tartelette says

    Added to the list!!

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

  8. esti says

    I’ll put those two books on my list too!

    October 23rd, 2008 | #

  9. Danielle says

    i too have just finished this book. i savored every page and tried to drag it out in fact. The funny thing was, that i had JUST finished reading EAT PRAY LOVE when you posted about Guernsey…. and was experiencing what i often do after reading a book that touches me so, i can’t imagine what to possibly follow it up with…your recommendation being so well timed, i instantly bought the book only to discover when it arrived, that the back cover is one big glowing review from elizabeth gilbert, author of eat pray love, its as if she was saying…you can move on from my book now, and THIS is the way to do it…

    October 24th, 2008 | #

  10. pia says

    danielle, that is the most amazing example of synchronicity i have ever heard about! I’m so glad you enjoyed it too.

    esti, tartelette, annie and oliveaux, i do hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

    linda and sofia, i am going to track those ones down, thank you for mentioning them!

    laura, oh that sounds great! I am about to head to France for the weekend, otherwise i would have put up my own hand to join you! I don’t know why or how it happens without fail, but everytime you or your daughter come here I go there, and vice versa. We must get out of this habit!!

    Nadia, I hope you find it, I am pretty sure that you are going to love it.


    October 24th, 2008 | #

  11. Jennifer Wilfong says

    I’m thrilled that you loved this book! My cousin Marianne wrote it, and sadly didn’t get to see it’s wonderful reception. Thank you so much for sharing it with your readers.

    August 22nd, 2009 | #

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