New book: The People’s Messenger

The Occupation Diary of Louis Guillemette, Guernsey 1940-1945.

This diary will appeal to anyone who wants to read The Real Unadulterated version of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, 1940-1945.

José Day

Louis Guillemette relates the inside story of how the Government of our small island responded to German Occupation, showing how perseverance in negotiation with an omnipotent enemy helped Guernsey survive.

Sir de Vic Carey

Fascinating to read, impossible to overestimate, it has to be the best of the best of Occupation diaries.

John Nettles

The book will be published on 11 May 2022, with an event as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival.

You can find out more about the book – and pre-order your copy on our dedicated The People’s Messenger page.

New book: Across the Channel

Major-General Sir Donald Banks KCB MC DSO TD

UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the unveiling of the blue plaque has been postponed until Spring 2021.

Major-General Sir Donald Banks (1891-1975) was due to be the next Guernseyman to be honoured with a Blue Plaque in May 2020.

To coincide with this event, his memoirs, Across the Channel, which he wrote in the 1960s, but have never been published, were due to be launched at the Guernsey Literary Festival. However, the book is now available here.

The book describes his remarkable career from commanding the 10th Essex Regiment in WW1, becoming the first Director-General of the Post Office, Permanent Secretary to the Air Ministry, and his service in WW2 from his evacuation from Boulogne as part of the British Expeditionary Force to the Petroleum Warfare Department, responsible for the innovative application of the nation’s fuel stocks to the war effort, such as FIDO (fog dispersal at airfields) and PLUTO (pipeline under the ocean).

You can order your copy using the link below.

More details of the rescheduling of the blue plaque will be found at the Heritage 75 Festival website once a new date has been arranged.

Guernsey Literary Festival Part 2: Victor Hugo Explores Guernsey

The second book we will be launching at this year’s festival is the second part of Gregory Stevens Cox’s trilogy about Victor Hugo’s exile in the Channel Islands – Victor Hugo Explores Guernsey.

It’s only three weeks away now, and tickets are selling fast – so book your place soon – using this link to the Guernsey Literary Festival website.

In the 1860s  Victor Hugo, following five well-established tourist routes, made more than 200 carriage drives exploring Guernsey’s country parishes.

His early explorations informed his essay  L’Archipel de la Manche – intended as an introduction to The Toilers of the Sea.

Victor Hugo Explores Guernsey (extensively illustrated with images of the period) follows the routes that Hugo took, the diversions he made, and relates them to his writings..

About the Author

Gregory Stevens Cox has spent over fifty years researching Victor Hugo’s life in the Channel Islands. He has written five monographs on Victor Hugo’s exile and was one of the founders of the Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society.

Victor Hugo Explores Guernsey, his latest work, is part of a trilogy published by Blue Ormer which started with Victor Hugo’s St Peter Port (2018) and will be completed with Victor Hugo and the Sea, to be launched at the Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society conference in June 2019.

Arts Seafront Sunday, 10 June 2018

We are looking forward to Arts Seafront Sunday on 10 June.

Please come and visit our expanded stall this year – including not just our latest range of books about the Channel Islands – we will also be joined by Guernsey Walking Tours, the Guernsey Society, Guernsey Ancestry and Guernsey Art Workshops.

So if you are interested in books, walking tours, researching your family history, art workshops – or Guernsey heritage in general – please come and pay us a visit.

For more details about the day see Arts Seafront Sunday.

Where Seagulls Dare – guided walks in Herm

Our guided walk around Herm with Paul Sherman as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival is now sold out.

However, we may run further events during the summer if there is sufficient interest.

If you would like to register your interest for a future walk, then please Contact Us.

For more details about Paul’s collection of short stories set in Herm – see our Where Seagulls Dare page.

The Silent War by Frank Falla

We are pleased to announce that we shall shortly be republishing “The Silent War” by Frank Falla.

Frank Falla was a journalist in Guernsey during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. By day, he worked on a local newspaper, fighting with the German censor. By night, like many other islanders, he defied the enemy.

After radios were confiscated in 1942, Frank was recruited into the Guernsey Underground News Service (GUNS), bringing BBC news to other islanders, including the Bailiff. This dangerous work carried severe penalties. In 1944, after being betrayed by an informant, Frank and his GUNS friends were deported to Nazi prisons, where they were ill-treated and carried out forced labour.

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Guernsey Literary Festival 10-13 May 2018

It’s great to see three new Blue Ormer books on the Guernsey Literary Festival’s programme for 2018. The festival, now an annual event, has just started announcing the events for this year on their brand new website.

“Guernsey Legends” is a vibrant collection of poetry and paintings by Jane Mosse and Frances Lemmon inspired by Guernsey’s folklore.

Hear them talk about how they found inspiration in tales of ghostly goats, vengeful witches, drunken sailors and lovesick maids on Thursday 10 May at 1pm at the Guille-Allès Library.


“John Wilson, Guernsey’s Architect” by Simon Coombe celebrates the work of the architect responsible for some of the island’s finest Regency buildings including Elizabeth College, St James, Castle Carey and the Markets.

Join Simon and friends on 14 May at 6pm for an illustrated talk at St James followed by an optional walking tour around some of Wilson’s works.

“Where Seagulls Dare and other tales from Herm Island” is a collection of short stories set in Herm by Paul Sherman. An eclectic mix that includes two ghost stories, an adventure story, a human-interest story, a comic story and much more – each set in an island location.  

Paul would love to walk you around the island, giving you snippets of the tales as we go. Join him on 10 May at 2pm at Herm harbour.

Zoffany’s Daughter – the countdown begins …

This week sees the launch of Stephen Foster’s new book “Zoffany’s Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island”.

It tells the story of Cecilia Horne, daughter of famous painter, Johan Zoffany, who was imprisoned in Guernsey in 1825 for child abduction.

The official launch is 31 October – but you can pre-order a copy from our online store.

Or come and meet the author at a series of launch events in Guernsey and London.

In Guernsey

  • Saturday 4 November – Book signing, Press Bookshop, Smith Street
  • Tuesday 7 November – Dramatic Book Launch, Guille-Allès Library, 7pm (fully booked)

In London


New book – Zoffany’s Daughter by Stephen Foster

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new Blue Ormer book – Zoffany’s Daughter: Love and Treachery on a small island by Stephen Foster.

It tells the true story of Cecilia Horne, daughter of the painter Johan Zoffany, who was imprisoned in Guernsey in 1825 for child abduction.

You can find out more about the book at

And you can pre-order your copy on our Zoffany’s Daughter page.

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