Guernsey:New Stamp Series

\"\"A new stamp collection is being issued in Guernsey to celebrate the publishing success of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society novel.The book has already sold more than three million copies worldwide.It was written by American author Mary Ann Shaffer who died before the book was finished, so her niece Annie Barrows completed it. It is based on the wartime occupation of the islands and written entirely in letters, hence the added philatelic resonance.Six stamps have been produced in values of 36p, 47p, 48p, 52p, 61p and 65p.Author Annie Barrows said: \”I cannot think of anything that would have pleased my aunt Mary Ann more than these stamps. There is something so delightfully approving about a stamp; it seems to say that the book has entered into the collective culture. But more than that, stamps go on letters-they are the first thing to admire about a letter, in fact-and then you open the envelope and then you pull out the thin paper and crinkle it open and begin the newest instalment of the story you are dying to read. \”To see our story so beautifully captured in stamps is like looking through tiny windows to find that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is real-and what could be better than that?\” “This one\’s cool because it\’s at the monument and you can see the lighthouse from all the way up there,” said Bigalke, who will attend the event. “As long as you can get good weather, it\’s going to be perfect.”

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