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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Number-one New York Times Best Seller Now a Netflix Film A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. “Treat yourself to this book, please - I can’t recommend it highly enough.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love) “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”  January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....  As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends - and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island - boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.  Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society “A jewel... Poignant and keenly observed, Guernsey is a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends.” (People) “A book-lover’s delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary.” (Chicago Sun-Times) “A sparkling epistolary novel radiating wit, lightly worn erudition and written with great assurance and aplomb.” (The Sunday Times [London])  “Cooked perfectly à point: subtle and elegant in flavour, yet emotionally satisfying to the finish.” (The Times [London])

©2008 Marry Ann Shaffrer and Annie Barrows (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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Stephen Fry

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In this interview Stephen Fry talks to us about the process of narrating the complete adventures of London's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. He touches on the genius of Arthur Conan Doyle and reveals how joining the 'Sherlock Holmes Society' played a part in his expulsion from school and subsequent imprisonment. Coming round full circle, Stephen admits to having jumped at the chance of voicing Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection. Keen to delve once more into the 'majestic swing, rhythm and pulse of the text,' Stephen describes his experience in the recording studio, all the while expressing a general fondness for the magic of stories told aloud. As a renowned and beloved actor, writer, and presenter, Stephen Fry has imprinted himself into British culture. He has voiced all seven of the Harry Potter audiobooks, as well as titles such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mythos and Winnie the Pooh. His flawless rendition of literary classics is always second to none and in Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, Stephen immediately draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Including personal introductions written by and narrated by Stephen, The Definitive Collection is a truly unique literary gem. Audible Members' Choice Winner of the Year, the audiobook has been described by listeners as 'superb' and 'over 70 hours of pure brilliance.'

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La sociedad literaria y del pastel de piel de patata Guernsey [The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society]


Traducida a más de 20 idiomas, con más de 5 millones de ejemplares vendidos en todo el mundo y llevada al cine por Mike Newell, La Sociedad Literaria del Pastel de Piel de Patata de Guernsey es una deliciosa y conmovedora novela epistolar que se ha convertido en un clásico indiscutible sobre el poder de la palabra y el valor de la literatura como refugio y consuelo en tiempos difíciles. En un Londres devastado por las bombas y que empieza a recuperarse de las terribles heridas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, Juliet Ashton, una joven escritora en busca de inspiración novelesca, recibe la carta de un desconocido llamado Dawsey Adams. El hombre, que vive en la isla de Guernsey, un pequeño enclave en el canal de la Mancha, está leyendo un libro de Charles Lamb que había pertenecido con anterioridad a Juliet. ¿Cómo ha llegado ese ejemplar hasta Guernsey? ¿Por qué Dawsey decide ponerse en contacto con Juliet? Dawsey es miembro del club de lectura La Sociedad Literaria del Pastel de Piel de Patata de Guernsey, creado en circunstancias difíciles durante la contienda, una rareza en tiempos de ocupación alemana. Cuando Juliet acepta la invitación de estos excéntricos lectores para visitar Guernsey, entiende que ellos y su increíble sociedad literaria serán los personajes de su nueva novela, y su vida dará un vuelco para siempre. Una historia humana y divertida, que transmite una intensa pasión por los libros y reivindica la formidable capacidad de la lectura para unir a personas de distintos gustos, culturas e ideologías. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2008 The Trust Estate of Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (P)2020 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.

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Deine Juliet


London in den späten vierziger Jahren: Die temperamentvolle junge Schriftstellerin Juliet erhält eines Tages einen erstaunlichen Brief. Absender ist Dawsey Adams, ein Bauer von der Kanalinsel Guernsey. Er hat antiquarisch ein Buch erworben, das zuvor ihr gehörte. Zwischen der Literatin und dem Bauern entspinnt sich ein Briefwechsel, durch den Juliet von der Existenz eines literarischen Clubs erfährt, den die Inselbewohner gründeten, um sich über die schwere Kriegszeit hinwegzuhelfen. Je mehr Juliet über Dawsey und die anderen erfährt, desto neugieriger wird sie. Sie beschließt, auf die Insel zu reisen. Dort stößt sie auf die Geschichte von Elizabeth und deren großer Liebe zu einem deutschen Offizier. Und sie lernt Dawsey kennen... Gelesen wird dieser "wirklich bezaubernde Briefroman" (Freundin) von Luise Helm (Juliet Ashton), Tanja Geke (Isola Pribby), Johannes Steck (Dawsey Adams), Luise Lunow (Amelia Maugery), Reinhard Kuhnert (Eben Ramsey), Uve Teschner (Sidney Stark), Oliver Rohrbeck (John Booker), Vera Teltz (Susan Scott), Tanja Fornaro (Remy Giraud und Billie Bee Jones), Karin David (Adelaide Addison), Denise Gorzelanny (Lady Bella Taunton), Detlef Bierstedt (Markham V. Reynolds), David Nathan (Will Thisbee), Dietmar Wunder (Micah Daniels), Leyla Rohrbeck (Sally Ann Frobisher), Helmut Krauss (Hochwürden Simon Simpless) und Jamie Schenker (Eli).

©2011 Rowohlt Verlag GmbH, Reinbek (P)2011 Argon Verlag GmbH, Berlin

Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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