The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Out Now On-Demand

Lily James stars in this historical drama based on the novel of the same name. Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.


Directed by

  • Mike Newell('Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Great Expectations', 'Donnie Brasco')

Written by

Drama, Romance, Historical


Rating: M Adult themes


Hollywood Reporter


Buoyed by a reliably appealing star turn from James, this handsome tearjerker mostly sidesteps the tweeness of its title to become, somehow, both an old-fashioned romance and a detective story trumpeting gender equality.

Screen International


British security-blanket film-making at its finest.

Empire (UK)


A well told, beautifully acted drama that offers nothing new but a comforting level of familiarity and cosiness.

Urban Cinefile Australia (Louise Keller)


It's as scrumptious as its title.

FilmInk (Australia)


A great story and a charming film, but ultimately falls into the trap of predictability…

Sydney Morning Herald


While it's mainly a love story, it's also an act of homage to the stimulation and consolation to be had from books.

The Times (UK)


The pity is that the film is directed by Mike Newell, who made one of the greatest romantic movies, Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The Telegraph (UK)


Every location in this irresistible romantic mystery is like a little mini-break for the soul, every costume and piece of set-dressing nibble-ably gorgeous, and every character a pleasure to keep company with, even the rotters. (James Croot)


There's enough drama and feel-good factor to leave you feeling, unlike sampling the potentially unctuous pastry of the title, more than satisfied.

Listener (Russell Baillie)


Overall, it’s closer, though, to last year’s British home-front dramedy Their Finest in its female-powered wartime melodrama.

Its wonderful...

Its a beautiful and tragic story set in Guernsey, one of the channel islands that was occupied by the Germans for 5 years during WWII. This is set after the war and revolves around a literary society that sprung up as a cover during the Nazi occupation and continued because of a shared love of books that took them away from the horror around them. One member forms of relationship through letters with an author living in London and she also wracked by survivor guilt and grief feels a kinship with these people, eventually travelling to the island to interview them for a possible novel. Lot of lost souls , shared grief and some of the warmest most sincerely lovely characters that you will find, you'll want to take them home with you. Theres laughter and sadness with heaping spoonfuls of heart, deep bonds of friendship like family and plenty of romance as well. You will adore every moment.




Sweet and savoury

A bittersweet movie with drama, romance, mystery, sadness, humour, literature and a variety of characters.

Peel Away

This movie took me in from the minute it finished until the very end. It is a love story and a mystery all rolled into one. Set in World War 2, the tragedy of war is apparent in this tale. Those left behind and those loved ones who were lost. Well cast. Great movie on a rainy day.




an island's story in a great people story

A geat interweaving of people's lives and the events in uernsey inn WW2