Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road has a starring role in a forthcoming film starring Lily James.
Historical novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Bloomsbury) has been adapted into a major film starring James, Michiel Huisman, Penelope Wilton and Matthew Goode. From the director of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and the producers of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", the adaptation will be released in cinemas nationwide on 20th April 2018.
The Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road is a main location in the film, as writer Juliet Ashton – played by James – promotes her first novel in post-war London. In the film, Juliet has writer's block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
The title has sold 383,648 copies for £2.39m, with the 2009 paperback shifting 223,498 copies through Nielsen BookScan UK.
Bloomsbury will publish a film tie-in edition of the novel on Thursday (5th April) and says it is working closely with StudioCanal to create a "cohesive and wide-reaching" marketing and publicity campaign.