. . . for worse



Apropos the previous post, another thought for World Rural Women’s Day from The Best of Jock by David Hensaw, published by Hodder & Stoughton.




I’m not sure this is what the people promoting World Rural Women’s Day meant by honouring.

The cartoon is from The Best of Jock by David Henshaw, published Hodder and Stoughton, 1983.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society


If you read only one book this year let it be The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffer.

Set in 1946, the correspondence between Juliet Ashton, her publisher and friends tells a heartwarming story of the Guernsey Islanders during World War II and its aftermath.

It is a beautifully written tale of life under occupation which made me sad, made me think, and made me smile.

I normally read quickly, but I savoured this because I was enjoying it so much I didn’t want it to end, and sadly it will be Mary Ann’s only book. Shortly after she submitted the manuscript to a publisher she became ill, she died before it was published and her niece, Annie Burrows did the editing for her.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffer, published by Allen & Unwin, 2008.


TGLPPS reminded me of Appointment with Venice  by Jerrard Tickell published by Hodder & Stoughton, 1951 which became one of my favourites after I found it on my parents’ bookshelf many years ago. My daughter and a niece also enjoyed it so it hasn’t dated.  If you like one, I’m sure you’ll like the other.

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