Guernsey Literary Festival Preview, Part 1: Mervyn Peake

This year’s programme is now fully announced and the brochures have hit doorsteps of everyone on the island. We are delighted to be supporting the festival again this year – with the launch of two new books.

The first of these is: Mervyn Peake: Son of Sark, by Steve Foote.

Mervyn Peake (1911–1968), is widely considered to be one of the twentieth century’s most original and innovative novelists, poets and artists. He is best known for the Gormenghast trilogy.

Peake lived in Sark during two formative stages of his life: during the 1930s as a single man, where he joined an artists’ colony known as The Sark Group and between 1947 and 1950 when he returned to the island with his young family.

Mervyn Peake: Son of Sark is intended as a guide to Sark for those familiar with the work of Mervyn Peake, and an introduction to Peake’s work for those familiar with the island.

Special offer for fans of Ebenezer Le Page

Order “Genius Friend” – Edward Chaney’s biography of G.B. Edwards – and get a copy of “The Trail of Ebenezer Le Page” (normal price £3.99) absolutely free!

Edward Chaney became friends with Gerald Edwards when he was living in Weymouth in the 1970s, and encouraged him to finish writing The Book of Ebenezer Le Page. He was then instrumental in persuading Hamish Hamilton to publish it in 1981.

In 2015, he published “Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page” – the story of Gerald’s life.

“The Trail of Ebenezer Le Page” is a guide to the places in Guernsey associated with G.B. Edwards and those that feature in his novel.

A great Christmas offer for fans of Ebenezer Le Page!

New book: Mansion, Manor and Merchant Houses

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new title in November: Trevor Cooper’s Mansion, Manor and Merchant Houses: Guernsey architecture and social heritage”.

It features the fascinating stories behind many of the island’s finest residences.

The book is a beautifully-produced hardback book, extensively illustrated throughout with colour photos of the houses featured, with all the proceeds going to local charities.

Full details of book launch will follow – but it is available to order now from

For more details of the book – see the dedicated page: Mansion, Manor and Merchant Houses.

Victor Hugo’s St Peter Port by Gregory Stevens Cox

Our latest book is a new guide to St Peter Port as seen through the eyes of Victor Hugo from Guernsey’s leading Hugo scholar, Gregory Stevens Cox.

It takes the reader on a guided tour of St Peter Port condensing fifty years of research into the time that the great French poet spent living in exile on the island of Guernsey.

Take a tour of the island’s capital highlighting the shops and businesses Hugo frequented, as well as stories and anecdotes from the time he spent in the island.

Extensively illustrated with photographs new and old, showing how little the town has changed since the period of Hugo’s residence (1855-70).

Quelle brochette! Et je ne parle pas pour moi! Le livre de Gregory est devenu mon handbook companion in St Peter Port!

Gérard Audinet, Directeur Maisons Victor Hugo, Paris

For more details, see our dedicated page: Victor Hugo’s St Peter Port.

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.

Continue reading The Silent War by Frank Falla

Guernsey Legends – launch event 7 April 2018

You are cordially invited to the official launch of “Guernsey Legends” by Jane Mosse and Frances Lemmon.

Come along and learn more about Guernsey Folklore and the poetry and paintings that these stories inspired.

You can learn more about the book on our Guernsey Legends page.

Saturday 7 April, 2pm at the Priaulx Library

All welcome!

Legends Flyer Launch

Pre-order “Where Seagulls Dare” today!

Paul Sherman’s “Where Seagulls Dare and other tales from Herm Island” is due to be published on 10 May at the Guernsey Literary Festival.

You can pre-order your copy today, and receive a signed copy by post when it is launched.

Simply specify the dedication you would like Paul to include in the text box on the right, click Add to Bag, and follow the instructions for payment – and we will post your signed copy on 10 May.

(Please note: we use Paypal to process Credit Card payments, but you do not need a Paypal account in order to pay by credit card)

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.