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; the tenth book in the series was published in fall 2013. Annie’s 2008 stand-alone children’s novel, The Magic Half, was described by School Library Journal as “a delightful tale brimming with mystery, magic, and adventure.”

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.

Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:

“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—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“It’s tempting to throw around terms like ‘gem’ when reading a book like this. But The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is not precious. . . . This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It’s as charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love.”
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review