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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Movie Tie-In Edition)
A Novel
Media tie-in
By (author): Mary Ann Shaffer By (author): Annie Barrows
9781984801814 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / World War II Jul 10, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.18 x 7.95 x 0.65 in 304 pages Random House Dial Press Trade Paperback
The beloved #1 bestseller, now in a new tie-in edition to the upcoming major motion picture on Netflix.

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 in 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—a book club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts an outstanding cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet knows she has found the subject of her book, and possibly much more, and sets sail for Guernsey, changing the course of her life forever.

Publication History: Dial Press HC (8/08); TR (5/09)

AUGUST 10, 2018 RELEASE. Trailer here:

ALL-STAR CAST: The film stars Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, Orphan Black), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, The Crown), and Jessica Browne Findlay (Downton Abbey).

NETFLIX INTERNATIONAL RELEASE: Netflix bought rights to the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and SouthEast Asia. Studiocanal co-financed the film which it will roll out in UK and Aus/NZ in April, France in June and Germany in August.



THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN PRINT: First published in 2008, Guernsey hit the top of bestseller lists from coast to coast.

RANDOM HOUSE READER’S CIRCLE SELECTION: The central premise revolves around a book club

THE EPISTOLARY FORM proves perfect for capturing the unfolding revelations surrounding a charming cast of characters.

A LITTLE KNOWN WORLD WAR II SETTING: For their lone occupation of British territory, the Germans wanted to create a “model occupation”, and they encouraged cultural activities such as literary societies. The passive resistance they met through these clubs is shown to great effect here in depictions of everyday courage.

WONDERFUL AUTHOR BACKSTORY: Mary Ann Shaffer discovered Guernsey during a layover in a fogged in airport on the island. While waiting in the tiny airport she began reading literature about the island and was inspired to begin writing a novel, something she had wanted to do for decades. Annie Barrows, her niece and a published author, was thrilled to help her aunt bring her dream of being a novelist to fruition.

Mary Ann Shaffer worked as an editor, a librarian, and in bookshops. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY was her first novel. Her niece Annie Barrows is the author of the bestselling THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US, as well as the THE MAGIC HALF and the children’s series Ivy and Bean.

Marketing: Cross-promotion with Netflix

Book club outreach

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“I can’t remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one, a world so vivid that I kept forgetting this was a work of fiction populated with characters so utterly wonderful that I kept forgetting they weren’t my actual friends and neighbors. Treat yourself to this book please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“Traditional without seeming stale, and romantic without being naive…It’s tempting to throw around terms like ‘gem’ when reading a book like this. But Guernsey is not precious…. This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It’s as charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love.”San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“[The] characters step from the past radiant with eccentricity and kindly humour. [The] writing, with its delicately offbeat, self-deprecating stylishness, is exquisitely turned.”The Guardian (U.K.)

“I’ve never wanted to join a club so desperately as I did while reading Guernsey…. [The novel] is a labor of love and it shows on almost every page.”The Christian Science Monitor

“I could not put the book down. I have recommended it to all my friends.”Newsday

“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)

“A sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them…. It affirms the power of books to nourish people enduring hard times.”The Washington Post Book World

“[A] marvelous debut…This is a warm, funny, tender, and thoroughly entertaining celebration of the power of the written word.”Library Journal

“A poignant, funny novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit…. A treat.”The Boston Globe

“A sure winner.”Kirkus Reviews

“Delightful…One of those joyful books that celebrates how reading brings people together.”New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows have written a wondrous, delightful, poignant book— part Jane Austen, part history lesson. The letters aren’t addressed to you, but they are meant for you. It’s a book everyone should read. An absolute treasure.”—Sarah Addison Allen, author of Garden Spells

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