Cunard, Author Annie Barrows Team Up

Cunard has announced that The New York Times best-selling author Annie Barrows will sail on flagship Queen Mary 2 as part of the luxury line’s renowned Insights program on a Bruges and Guernsey voyage, May 20-24.

While sailing on the four-night voyage round-trip from Southampton, England, Barrows will offer guests a lecture on her background and experience writing her novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The novel takes place in post-World War II Guernsey, where this year in May, celebrations will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of Nazi occupation in the Channel Islands. Events will take place throughout the month to mark this anniversary of Liberation Day for Guernsey, as well as all over Europe and the US to commemorate the end of WWII.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is written as a series of letters from the characters, was started and co-written by Barrows’ aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer. The novel was later adapted to film in 2018, directed by Mike Newell and starring Lily James as the protagonist. Annie Barrows’ additional work includes The Truth According to Us, The Magic Half, and Magic in the Mix, as well as her children’s series Ivy + Bean.

Lee Powell, vice-president, Brand and Product, Cunard, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome author Annie Barrows onboard Queen Mary 2’s May 20th Bruges and Guernsey voyage. The Liberation Day for Guernsey is a significant anniversary of World War II and our guests will have the opportunity to learn about an important moment in history while sailing to the very site it took place.”

Cunard’s onboard Insights program offers guests an opportunity to learn from and mingle with experts from various industries on every voyage, holding lectures and Q&As throughout the trip. Recent speakers have included Alan Cumming, Keegan-Michael Key and John Landis.