Mr Sidney Stark, PublisherThe Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
Stephens & Stark LTD
21 St James's Place
8th January 1946
Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food. Susan managed to get hold of ration coupons for icing sugar and real eggs for the meringue. If all her literary luncheons are going to achieve these heights, I won't mind touring the country. Do you suppose that a lavish bonus could spur her on to butter? Let's try it - you may deduct the money from my royalties. Now for my grim news.
Upon reading these first few lines, I first noticed the date. I was reading this on the exact same day! For some reason this gave me a good feeling that boded well for my coming read. The word rations (as well as the year 1946) immediately meant during the war. All I know about this book is that it's meant to be about books. Something I love. I also know it was a best seller.
In actual fact I gave this book to my mum the christmas before and she said she couldn't get into it. Terrible feeling when you've taken the time to choose a book for someone. Anyway, I took it to give it a try and it's been sitting there waiting for the best part of a year. I'll let you know how it goes.