The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Romantic Drama Feature


“In the aftermath of World War II,  a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.”


In 2017 James was approached by Mike Newell to work on this film set just after the Second World War. The script contained integral scenes which were required to establish the time and place of the story. Key to these moments was the musical content.

James drew on his vast experience with on-set work and pre-records working alongside Becky Bentham & Karen Elliott from Hot House Music. In this case authentic 1940s pieces needed to be researched, sourced and then arranged to accommodate the appropriate resources both visually, historically and with respect to budget.


This resulted in two new versions of classic tracks from the era as well as specially commissioned new material composed by James, which had to closely adhere to the period in question. Due to James’s enduring relationship with the personnel at the studio all the new music was recorded using rare microphones and outboard gear from Abbey Road’s extensive collection of vintage equipment.