Books published by the Guernsey Society

Guernsey Under German Rule by Ralph Durand (2nd edition)

Guernsey Under German Rule

Originally published by the Guernsey Society in 1946, Guernsey Under German Rule was the first account of the German Occupation of this Channel Island during World War 2, written at the request of the Bailiff, Sir Victor Carey.

Its author, Ralph Durand, had lived in Guernsey throughout the occupation where he was the librarian of the Priaulx Library. He describes the main events of the five years of Nazi occupation based on first-hand experience, as well as privileged access to the minutes of the Controlling Committee. The result is an authoritative and compelling account of World War 2 in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, told by someone who had lived through it.

This second edition, with a Foreword by Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey, and a new biographical introduction by Stephen Foote, Vice Chairman of the Society, is being published to mark our 75th anniversary in 2018.

This book will be available from local bookshops and other outlets in Guernsey, as well as direct from the Society.

For details of how to order your copy see ‘Guernsey Under German Rule’

A Short History of Guernsey by Peter Johnston (6th edition)

ash_front_coverIn October 2014, the Guernsey Society launched a new edition of Peter Johnston’s concise and accessible account of the History of Guernsey from prehistoric times up to the present day.

The book has been extensively revised and update in the light of recent archaeological discoveries as well as including events which have happened since the last edition was published in 1994. Considerable work has also gone into the illustrations, many of which are in full colour throughout, as well as significantly enhanced appendices with suggestions for further reading, and a timeline from 10,000 BC – 2013.

This book is available from local bookshops and other outlets in Guernsey, as well as direct from the Society.

For details of how to order your copy see ‘A Short of History of Guernsey’


Since its foundation in 1943, the Guernsey Society has published a number of other books. Although now out of print, many of them can be found through

The Guernsey Farmhouse – a Survey by Members of the Guernsey Society

The Guernsey FarmhousePublished by Thomas De La Rue for the Guernsey Society in 1963, this book
outlines the development of farmhouses in Guernsey, packed with
plenty of example with details of their history, plans and photographs.

For more details see The Guernsey Farmhouse on Donkipedia.

Guernsey Under German RuleGuernsey under German Rule by Ralph Durand

(The Guernsey Society, London 1946)

“… The Society is publishing a book by Mr Ralph Durand entitled Guernsey Under German Rule. The Hon Secretary, who has read the manuscript, strongly recommends it to the notice of members… The book was written in response to a request made by the Bailiff in the early days of the German occupation. Mr Durand describes many aspects of the occupation in a most interesting way, and, though not free of criticism, he seems to have maintained a very fair balance in his judgement of events”.
Bulletin of the Guernsey Society, January 1946.

Guernsey WaysGuernsey Ways by J E Moullin (editor)

(Guernsey Society 1966)

An introduction to those features of life in Guernsey which are characteristic of the Island. Drawn from a selection of articles that have appeared in the Review of the Guernsey Society, where necessary brought up-to-date.

Channel Islands under Tudor Government 1485-1642: A Study in Administrative History by AJ Eagleston

The Channel Islands Under Tudor Government
(Cambridge University Press for the Guernsey Society, 1949)

The first authoratitive account of the administration of the Channel Islands during the Tudor period, written by a former civil servant with intimate knowledge of the sources.

In the 1948 edition of The Review, the Council announced the publication of Eagleston’s book:

“The Council felt that it was appropriate that this important work on Island History should be printed in Guernsey itself … The book will have about 260 pages and 8 full page half-tone blocks taken from extremely attractive and interesting prints taken from about 1650; it will be an attractive volume of great local interest and historical value … The Council is indebted to Professor J Le Patourel for making ready for the Press the typescript written by Mr Eagleston.”

More Guernsey People by James Marr

More People in Guernsey's Story(Guernsey Society 1991)

A follow-up to Marr’s Guernsey People – a biographical dictionary of individuals who have made a major contribution to the island.

For more details see Index of Names on Donkipedia.