Dear Mrs Bird

AJ Pearce

3.8 based on 21099 ratings & 3493 reviews on Goodreads.com

2018 Nominee

Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award

2019 Nominee

HWA Debut Crown

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05 April 2018
9781509853892
320 pages
Synopsis

The Richard & Judy Book Club Pick and Sunday Times Bestseller

'Funny, fresh, and touching, Dear Mrs Bird is a treat of a read.' Annie Barrows, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

'The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love . . . It'll be huge; it deserves to be' Marian Keyes

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .

Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

'A marvellous treat. Charming and delightful' Nina Stibbe

'A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming' John Boyne

A winning wartime romp . . . as hilarious as it is moving. Emmy is truly charming. When her upper lip finally wobbles, the reader’s will, too. In the end, the novel’s spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern.

Guardian

The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love . . . It'll be huge; it deserves to be

Marian Keyes, author of The Break

This story of female friendship is just the tonic for that jaded feeling that the world is ugly and mad.

The Times