B2S Book Club May Pick: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The first in our monthly book club series! We aim to meet monthly to discuss a recent film adaptation and the book it’s based on.  The club is run by our fellow blogger Tom Out.

The first book/film pick for May will be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press, 2008). We will meet at the Southbank Centre by the Central Bar on May 29th at 7pm. For those not in London please feel free to discuss the book/film below and we will attempt to do a recording of the group to post!

The story is set on Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II and sees free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, played by James, form a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime.

Lily James stars opposite Game Of Thrones star Michiel Huisman. Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton co-star in the film. It was adapted by U.S. writer and filmmaker Don Roos (This is Us), Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone) and Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane). Mike Newell directed the movie, which is his first in the director’s chair since 2012 adaptation Great Expectations. It is a co-production of The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel producers Blueprint Pictures. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan produce for The Mazur/Kaplan Company alongside Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin from Blueprint.

We always encourage you to support your local independent bookseller in purchasing the book and independent cinemas in your viewing!

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