'Since you should know something about me, I have asked the Reverend Simon Simpless, of St Hilda's Church near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to write to you. He has known me since I was a child and is fond of me.
I have asked Lady Bella Taunton to provide a reference for me too. We were fire wardens together during the Blitz and she wholeheartedly dislikes me.
Between the two of them, you may get a fair picture of my character.'
Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society