Posted by: Rosemary Wolfe, NoChargeBookbunch | March 4, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

After reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you may be tempted to take a literary field trip – I was.   The publisher accommodates with a map of sites mentioned in the book, and an article from the Boston Globe describing such a trip.

PBS produced a five-episode Masterpiece Theater series in 2005 based on the German occupation of the islands, titled “Island at War.”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/islandatwar/episodes.html

If you are looking for nonfiction to fill in the background of the story…

  • Check out the Channel Islands Occupation Society (Guernsey Branch) website.   http://www.occupied.guernsey.net/index.htm
  • Read “The Jersey Schoolboy’s Story” by Brian Ahier Read     http://timewitnesses.org/english/~brian.html
  • And Madeleine Bunting’s reporting in her nonfiction study of the five-year German occupation of the Channel Islands. Her research talks about the islander’s cooperation with the enemy as well as the resistance highlighted in Shaffer and Barrows’ novel.
 

Responses

  1. I wasn’t really taken with this book — but then, I tried to listen to it while working. I think I’ll try again and either listen while doing something less demanding or maybe even read it.


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