The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (M) Anyone who has been a member of a book club will appreciate how the love of literature is capable of binding people together, which is the basic theme of Mike Newell’s amiable, if protracted, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The cumbersome title is explained in a prologue set in the Germanoccupied Channel island of Guernsey in 1941, and the film is based on a book by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. Most of the narrative unfolds in 1946, with Britain just starting to recover from the horrors of the war, while the people of the Channel Islands had experienced horrors only imagined by their fellow countrymen and women in England proper. So when writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James) receives a letter from St Peter Port informing her that a book by Charles Lamb with her name and address written on the flyleaf had been enjoyed by members of the above-named society, it piques her curiosity and she decides (selfishly) to abandon the book-signing tour her friend and publisher Sidney Starke (Matthew Goode) has arranged for her and her newly acquired American fiance, Mark Reynolds (Glen Powell), and take the boat to Guernsey. Newell is a proficient and eclectic director who brings his practised skills to this rather conventional and certainly predictable feel-good movie.