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QBD Reviews: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.


As soon as this book was published, it was a classic. This is the most heartwarming book I have ever read, and I can guarantee it will be read and loved by generations to come.

Set in the aftermath of World War II, this book is based on the correspondence of Juliet, a witty newspaper columnist stuck for ideas. But inspiration falls in her lap in the form of a letter from Dawsey, a man who has come into possession of a book previously owned by Juliet, and the two soon become fast penpals. Dawsey tells her of Guernsey, which suffered under German occupation during the war, and of the Literary and Potato Peel Society, which was founded as a way for the island's inhabitants to come together and socialise under the noses of the Nazis.

Dawsey describes each of the members with such warmth and humour, that Juliet can't help but find an excuse to visit the island for herself. And once she does, her life will never be the same.

Reading this book always leaves me with a big goofy smile on my face. It is funny, lovely, heartbreaking, redemptive, optimistic, and every other adjective for 'wonderful' that I can think of. I have recommended this to countless people, and every single one of them has fallen in love with this book. So what are you waiting for?

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

9780141037509Abandoned at birth in the slums of Paris, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille possesses a unique ability: heightened sense of smell. Life as an underprivileged orphan is not easy but Grenouille is driven by the desire to catalogue every scent on earth. But one night, during a delivery for his employer, Grenouille stumbles upon an elusive scent that sends him on a chase through the streets of Paris: that of a virgin.

Driven down a spiralling path of obsession, Grenouille knows he must capture the scent and embarks on a determined mission to perfect the art of perfumery. After persuading an elite perfumer to take him on as an assistant, the tools of the trade quickly become Grenouille’s fixation and his need to learn all he can drives him out of Paris and into the far corners of the earth. Amongst his mistakes and despair, there is a macabre sort of triumph as Grenouille soon finds the solution to his problem: a solution that starts with committing the ultimate crime.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a chilling classic that explores the depths of obsession and the lengths one will take to get what they want. Grenouille’s interactions with his surroundings and his reactions to his failures and successes make him all the more human, meaning his dark downfall into depravity really strikes a chord. Above all, this haunting novel forms an enchanting picture of the complexities of the human mind and is a novel that you’ll be unable to put down until you’ve devoured every last word.