Dear Mrs Bird
Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award
HWA Debut Crown
The Richard & Judy Book Club Pick and Sunday Times Bestseller. Irresistibly funny and moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a wartime love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
'The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love' – Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups.
London, 1941. Amid the falling bombs Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of Unpleasantness, and definitely not those from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted.
But the thought of these desperate women waiting for an answer at this most desperate of times becomes impossible for Emmy to ignore. She decides she simply must help and secretly starts to write back – after all, what harm could that possibly do?
'Utterly charming and helplessly funny' – Jenny Colgan, author of An Island Wedding
'A proper comfort read' – India Knight, author of Don't You Want Me?
If I had only known how much I was going to adore Dear Mrs Bird, I wouldn’t have gobbled it down all at once. Funny, fresh, and touching, Dear Mrs Bird is a treat of a read.
Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I fell in love with Dear Mrs Bird on page one and completely adored every single word . . . a wonderfully heartwarming book, which I will recommend to everyone I know
Utterly charming and helplessly funny