Annie Barrows

Bestselling novelist of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and children's book author

  • About Annie Barrows

    Annie Barrows’s collaboration with her late aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has been a publishing phenomenon, resulting in well over one million copies in print in both hardcover and paperback and speaking engagements for Barrows all over the United States. Guernsey was on more than fifteen “best of the year” lists and has now been published in twenty-five countries.

    After receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, Annie Barrows began writing full-time. The first book in her children’s series Ivy and Bean was published in 2006 and was an ALA Notable Book for 2007: it was followed by nine others. Her 2008 award-winning children’s novel The Magic Half was described by School Library Journal as “a delightful tale brimming with mystery, magic, and adventure.” The latest novel in the series, Magic in the Mix, was published in fall 2014.

    While Annie was producing her children’s books, her beloved aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, who had also spent her career working with books, had started a first novel about the German occupation of the Channel Island of Guernsey during World War II. However, she fell ill soon after selling the novel to the Dial Press, and, to complete her revisions, she called on her niece Annie, who saw this “as a unique occasion to help someone I loved.” Sadly, Mary Ann died before seeing her novel embraced by hundreds of thousands of readers, but the novel itself stands as a moving legacy to her dream.

    Annie lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. She is currently working on a novel for adults.

  • Speaking Topics

    House of Cards: Constructing a Novel in Letters

    The Occupation of Guernsey During the Second World War

    Reading for Pleasure: Literacy and Liberty

    Thinking Like a Kid, Writing Like a Grown-up

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  • Praise for Annie Barrows

    Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    [Guernsey] affirms the power of books to nourish people during hard times.

    Washington Post

    A book-lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary.

    Chicago Sun-Times

    I can't remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one, a world so vivid that I kept forgetting this was a work of fiction populated with characters so utterly wonderful that I kept forgetting they weren't my actual friends and neighbors. Treat yourself to this book please.

    Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

    Traditional without seeming stale, and romantic without being naïve.

    San Francisco Chronicle
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