The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
Juliet Ashton is a successful writer looking for something new and different about which to write after the end of World War II. She has spent the whole war writing a column of pithy observations and now she wants to not write about the war. The only problem is, she has no idea for a new book.
That all will change when she gets a chance letter from a man on the island of Guernsey, who has ended up with a book she sold to a second hand store and who wants recommendations of further reading by the author, Charles Lamb. This sets off a whirlwind of correspondence between Juliet and the members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.
This really was a very lovely little book. The epistolary format was a bit hard to get into at the beginning, but once I got into the swing of it, it worked very well. This is definitely a book for book lovers, it almost seemed as if Schaffer was writing a love letter to written language.
I definitely enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but I cannot be quite as effusive about it as other reviewers have been. Perhaps the huge hype build-up let me down a bit.