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- DescriptionA charming novel set on Guernsey in World War II
- Author BiographyMARY ANN SHAFFER was born in 1934 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She worked as an editor, a librarian and in bookshops. She became interested in Guernsey while visiting London in 1976. On a whim, she decided to fly to Guernsey but became stranded there as a heavy fog descended and no boats or planes were permitted to leave the island. As she waited for the fog to clear, she came across a book called Jersey Under the Jack-Boot, and so her fascination with the Channel Isles began. Many years later, when goaded by her own literary club to write a book, Mary Ann naturally thought of Guernsey. Mary Ann died in February 2008. She knew that this, her only novel, was to be published in thirteen countries. Before she died she wrote, 'I must tender special thanks to my niece, Annie, who stepped in to finish this book after unexpected health issues interrupted my ability to work shortly after the manuscript was sold. Without blinking an eye, she put down the book she was writing, pushed up her sleeves, and set to work on my manuscript. It was my great good luck to have a writer like her in the family, and this book could not have been done without her.' ANNIE BARROWS is the author of the Ivy and Bean series for children, as well as The Magic Half.
- PrizesShortlisted for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009.
- Author(s)Annie Barrows,Mary Ann Shaffer
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication17/01/2009
- GenreGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Out-of-print date05/11/2010
- Content Note2 maps
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine16 mm
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- galenighting21 Dec, 2016by
Sheer reading enjoyment from beginning to end
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- sgd6203 Jun, 2011by
Enlightening, uplifting, and surprisingly charming - fully recommended.
The Second World War has just finished, and the survivors begin to pick up the pieces of their wrecked lives, but not without reflecting upon the hard times they have just come through. Full of eccentric characters this is a light, touching and often whimsical tale about the value of friendship, community, and love, but for all that it is not for the tender hearted. Isolated on their island the people of Guernsey suffered, and bore witness to the worst the Germans had to offer during the occupation. Their story is one of courage and endurance, during extreme hardship. Rich in small details that would be called trivia in any other contexts, this book is a rare find. First it charms you, then it gently takes you to places where seemingly harder hitting books would fear to go.
- cre8powa06 Jul, 2011by
A great read
This is a beautifully crafted story written through letters. Very moving and in emotive. Taking the reader through a self realising journey with the group of people in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this.
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