Film Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

World War II films have been immensely popular over the past year from the Oscar winning Darkest Hour and Dunkirk to Their Finest.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society brings another side to the war detailing the German occupation of the Channel Island Guernsey during WWII.

Based on the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society tells the story of successful author Juliet Ashton (Lily James) living in post-war London.

As she struggles to find her passion and inspiration for writing after producing a popular series of war articles, she receives a letter from a Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman).

Dawsey explains that he found a book she had owned and explains how it helped him and his fellow book club members during the German occupation of Guernsey.

Juliet is inspired by Dawsey’s letter and decides to travel to Guernsey to meet the society.

Juliet arriving in Guernsey

From the moment Juliet lands in Guernsey you want to join the book club with characters such as Isola (Katherine Parkinson) who provides the homemade gin, to Eben (Tom Courtenay) who created the potato peel pie and Amelia (Penelope Wilton) who hosts the society at her home.

Juliet soon realises the society are hiding a secret and she is determined to uncover the truth.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society combines mystery, romance and comedy to create an interesting and harrowing story about World War II that captures your heart.

Juliet trying the Potato Peel Pie for the first time

I learnt much about the history of the war and how close the Germans were to England with their occupation of the Channel Islands. It also highlights how Britain had to abandon the islands as they had no significant strategic positioning during the war which kept them isolated from the mainland for five years.

With a superb cast of actors including four Downton Abbey alumni, wonderful costumes and incredible scenery (I want to travel to Guernsey now), come together and keep you entranced – it’s a film not to be missed!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will be in cinemas from 19 April.