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A history lesson, evocatively given
on October 25, 2016
Don't let the weird, whimsical-sounding title put you off. This book is surprising: dignified, sensitive, enlightening. Reading it is time well spent.
Guernsey is an island in the English Channel, affiliated with the UK and with a murky history. This book is a vivid history lesson on Guernsey's fate during the Second World War, wrapped in a beautifully written, wonderful and touching story with plenty of quirky, loveable characters. The story is very effectively told via notes and letters, and the prose is visually evocative.
This was a selection of my book club in 2013, and we all loved it.