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GIVEAWAY – heartwarming novel set mainly on GUERNSEY (and in London)

3rd December 2023

GIVEAWAY – heartwarming novel set mainly on Guernsey (and in London). The Guernsey Girls by Mary Wood

GIVEAWAY - heartwarming novel set mainly on GUERNSEY (and in London)

We are delighted to be able to offer this 3 copy giveaway, UK ONLY.

January 1936.

After the hard work of being a maid at Wallington Manor in the lead-up to Christmas, Annie is very excited at the prospect of going home to Bethnal Green. She has missed her family, but the money she earns keeps them all afloat.

Olivia is from the island of Guernsey and is visiting her aunt at Wallington Manor. When she has to leave for London Annie is asked to look after her. On the train journey a friendship blossoms.

And when an accident happens their friendship is made even stronger. A friendship that would see both girls through pain, happiness, marriage and death. A friendship that would see them both united in Guernsey. But this is just the beginning of their incredible journey . . .


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  2. Tell us in the COMMENTS BELOW: Let’s chat the CHANNEL ISLANDS! Do you have recommendations for a visit? What do you associate with the Channel Islands? Leave your thoughts below by 16th December 2023. The first three names chosen at random will be sent a copy each of the book. UK ONLY.

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 20/12/2023 at 6:29 pm


    Suzy Parker
    Patricia Avery


  2. User: Victoria Bazley

    Posted on: 16/12/2023 at 11:35 pm

    The War Tunnels in Jersey are really interesting. We happened to go in on 9th May too which was the anniversary of the liberation of Jersey so there were celebrations.


  3. User: Natalia

    Posted on: 15/12/2023 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve never been before but associate it with good food and the WW2 sites.


  4. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 15/12/2023 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve only ever seen the Channel Islands from a distance when on the cross channel ferry from Portsmouth – St. Malo. Always wanted to visit but not managed it ……yet!


  5. User: webkin

    Posted on: 15/12/2023 at 7:22 pm

    I have never been but I would love to visit sometime.


  6. User: Mary N

    Posted on: 15/12/2023 at 5:37 pm

    I have been reading up on Guernsey about how awful things were for them during world war 2. I was never taught in school how bad things were for them then, and stories during this era are of a big interest to me.


  7. User: Quod

    Posted on: 15/12/2023 at 11:07 am

    Hi I was born in Jersey and worked in Guernsey from 2010-2017 Guernsey is great for a visit as you get easier access to Herm Sark and Alderney


  8. User: Gardenia

    Posted on: 14/12/2023 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve never been and a lot of what I know related to WW2


  9. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 14/12/2023 at 2:02 pm

    Never been ! I associate the chanel Islands with the wars and a couple of TV crime shows


  10. User: Michie

    Posted on: 13/12/2023 at 8:38 am

    We found Guernsey very interesting especially the WW2 museums to read about the history of the island.


  11. User: Suzy Parker

    Posted on: 12/12/2023 at 11:09 pm

    Creamy milk, flowers, delicious food, Bergerac, happy holidays in a temperate climate that’s home from home with likeminded people. A place that many would like to live permanently.


  12. User: Layla0056

    Posted on: 12/12/2023 at 9:13 pm

    Layla from London here. Guernsey is my home town.

    Visiting Guernsey and the islands are a must. Especially visit Sark where there are no vehicles and only horse &carriage and tractors. Stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and friendly locals! Gastro fans will be impressed too!


  13. User: Alyson C

    Posted on: 12/12/2023 at 7:32 pm

    It has been many years since I visited Guernsey, but I can still remember my days visiting Sark and Herm. Beautiful!


  14. User: Bigbren

    Posted on: 12/12/2023 at 3:51 pm

    Elizabeth Castle, St Helier


  15. User: Lisa22

    Posted on: 12/12/2023 at 8:15 am

    I’ve never been to the Channel Islands but I associate them with my Nan as she was born there. I feel like I should visit some day as they are part of my family history and they are not too far away either.


  16. User: Portandstilton

    Posted on: 11/12/2023 at 6:33 pm

    Have never been to any of the Channel Islands but I associate them with great food and being occupied during the war


  17. User: BiblioHound

    Posted on: 11/12/2023 at 5:19 pm

    I’ve never been to the Channel Islands but I would love to – I’d like to see the WWII sites on Jersey, but I’ve also heard that Sark and Herm are wonderful for nature lovers.


  18. User: KWIL

    Posted on: 11/12/2023 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve never visited the Channel Islands but would love to. I’ve watched programmes on the TV. I know from past experience of reading Mary Wood’s books that we’ll get a great history of the island and will want to go even more!


  19. User: mareus

    Posted on: 10/12/2023 at 7:41 pm

    My sister and I visited Jersey in the summer of 1988. I had always wanted to go and it was a really lovely holiday. I’d been a fan of Gerald Durrell’s books and to finally be able to visit his zoo was very special. Other memorable places we went to were the Underground Hospital – a very moving and humbling reminder of what the Islanders experienced during the 2nd world war; the Battle of Flowers Museum and the Maritime museum. It’s a place steeped in history with so much to see and do – a very friendly and charming little island.


  20. User: AnnD

    Posted on: 09/12/2023 at 6:38 pm

    I have never been to the Channel Islands but its on my list of things to do.
    I have friends who have been and really enjoyed it and another friend who lived in Jersey for many years.


  21. User: NannyDorset

    Posted on: 09/12/2023 at 4:38 pm

    Regular reader of Mary’s novels and looking forward to our first trip ever to Jersey next April.


  22. User: Andrea Corrigan

    Posted on: 09/12/2023 at 2:50 pm

    I love Guernsey, especially the history, Castle Cornet has been part of Guernsey’s landscape for over 800 years. I associate Guernsey with my Great Aunt & Great Uncle they lived there most of their lives, such a beautiful, peaceful island.


  23. User: Ellie Lane

    Posted on: 09/12/2023 at 10:56 am

    I’ve only visited Jersey, I loved it. So much to see and do. Traffic is horrendous but you don’t need a car, buy a pass and you can get anywhere you want on the buses.


  24. User: philatel

    Posted on: 08/12/2023 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve never visited the Channel Islands but have collected stamps from there for several years – and from the pictures, they look very interesting. Would love to go one day. Have also read some books by Anne Allen about Guernsey.


  25. User: jonp57

    Posted on: 08/12/2023 at 3:40 pm

    I have loved the Channel Islands since a school trip to Jersey way back. My wife and I love the wonderful seafood (Crabby Jack’s in particular) in the Islands.
    We also visit laid-back Guernsey often and taken a day trip to Alderney in a real cute small Aurigny plane. I love visiting historical sites mainly involving the German ocuupation.
    French tinged but speak English, what’s not to like!


  26. User: Posycosy

    Posted on: 07/12/2023 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve never visited the Channel Islands, but I have just read a fascinating book set on Guernsey. It’s The Girl From the Island by Lorna Cook & told me such a lot about what went on during the second world war on the islands.
    My school friend does live on Jersey, so hopefully I will get there one day soon!


  27. User: Cristina McDowall

    Posted on: 07/12/2023 at 12:13 pm

    Jersey Underground Hospital – full of history


  28. User: petmad53

    Posted on: 06/12/2023 at 5:34 pm

    My nan and Uncle would go to Jersey all the time and always at Christmas and New Year, they said that it was a lovely place to go and everyone was friendly.
    They loved going to the flower festival as well.


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  31. User: Heather Copping

    Posted on: 04/12/2023 at 7:14 pm

    I have visited the Channel Islands several times, I have found Jersey to be a bit more commercialised than Guernsey, both are stunning places to visit though. We did find it interesting to visit the WW2 sites on the Islands.


  32. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 04/12/2023 at 10:22 am

    As a book lover, the highlight of the Channel Isles for me is a tour of Victor Hugo’s house in St Peter Port, Guernsey. Fascinatingly quirky! You get to see his throne room and his specially designed desk where he wrote standing up