23 November 2008


Words can often change lives, sometimes for the better. Often they allow us to take a different direction in our lives as we encounter previously unknown circumstances. The power of words is obvious in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Words in books, words in letters and words in action.

You may have realised I love this book. I love the matter-of-fact way that the horrors of war are recounted. People just deal with their circumstances in the best way they can, no matter how horrible the times. Words forge a sense of connection.

This book is a gem. The words of the authors bring the characters to life; so much so that it makes us want to travel to Guernsey to meet them. Words, words, words - where would we be without them?


  1. Hi Erica,
    I've been intrigued by the title of this book for awhile and finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago. Like you, I enjoyed it immensely - how well she told so much without actually stating it all.
    A wonderful use of words in the real sense of 'wonder.'

  2. Oh, I just loved this one as well, pity there will be no more! :-(

  3. I'm going to have to read it just for the title!

  4. I picked up this book by chance and it is now doing the round of all the family - it was indeed a delightful read.

  5. Marilyn12:27 pm

    Marlo Thomas has published two books called The Right Words at the Right Time. They are collections of short essays about the way words have changed lives. Wonderful and amazing stories.


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