Monday, 8 November 2010

Another diversion

I just had to break in to the sequence (again) to ask you all - have you read the Guernseay Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? If not, you really must. I've just read it for one of the book groups I belong to (I only belong to two, don't imagine me out discussing literature every night of the week - when would I watch Spooks or Grand Designs or Downton Abbey?) and i ABSOLUTELY LOVED it.

You know those books that they tell you will make you laugh and cry? Well, unlike the rest, this one actually does. I laughed out loud at the sheer unexpectedness of some of the lines and I cried at the poignancy of the characters experiences.

I'll try and get a proper review up soon but I just had to tell you that, if you haven't read this lovely book, you should do so as a matter of urgency.


Tim Stretton said...

Never heard of it--and the self-consciously twee title doesn't incline me in its favour--but your record as a tipster is spot-on so far. (I've just finished Engleby, which extends your winning streak).

Verfication word, pleasingly given last week, is "cowhit". What noise does it make in that circumstance?

Frances Garrood said...

Alis - it sounds just what I need at the moment. I shall put it on my 'to read' list.

Alis said...

Tim - I agree, the title put me off for ages and I was only persuaded to read it because it was for book group. But I'm so glad I did!

Frances - do, I think you'll love it. (I hope so, anyway)

Karen said...

People are still borrowing this in droves at the library, but it hadn't appealed to me (no pun intended!)for some reason. I'm definitely going to see what the fuss is about now.

David Isaak said...

I'll take a look.

But is there really such a thing as potato-peel pie?

Alis said...

Hi Karen - do, I think you'd like it!

Hi David - in general, the answer is no. But on Guernsey during the Nazi occupation, food was so scarce that they would eat anything.