To celebrate the paperback publication, Dial Press is having a "Take Your Book Group to Guernsey" Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will travel to Guernsey with five friends from Friday October 2nd through Monday October 5th, 2009. Activities will include a joint book discussion with a UK book group, an island tour, and more! Enter here.
The story behind the novel is almost as good as the book itself. On a trip to Guernsey in 1976, Mary Ann Shaffer found herself at the tiny airport, fogged in. To stave off boredom she read through the books and pamphlets in the paperback rack, filled with items of local interest like "Jersey Under the Jack-Boot." Mary Ann explained: "The airport was so cold, the manager suggested I go read in the men's room; they had one of those warm air blowers for your hands and I could relax, lie on the floor, hit it on with my foot, keep warm, and read in comfort." Thus began the author's love of all things Guernsey, which lasted for the rest of her life and resulted in this wonderful book.
My review is here. Truly, this book is not to be missed! But don't take my word for it....here are some other reviews for you to check out: