Mrs Porter Calling

AJ Pearce

25 May 2023
352 pages


A heart-warming, heart-wrenching wartime story about friendship and courage from AJ Pearce, the bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird.

'Utterly charming and uplifting' – Jill Mansell

Emmy Lake is the much-loved agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine, relied upon by readers across the country as they face the challenges of life on the Home Front. With the problem page thriving and a team of fantastic women behind her, Emmy finally feels she is Doing Her Bit.

But when a glamorous new owner arrives, everything changes. As the Honourable Mrs Porter tries to charm her way around the rest of the team, Emmy realizes that she plans to destroy everything readers love about the magazine.

With happiness quickly turning to heartbreak and war still raging in Europe, will Emmy and her friends find the inner strength they need to keep keeping on - and save the magazine they love?

'Heartbreaking yet feel-good, we loved it' – Woman & Home

'A winning combination of warmth, humour and a compelling story of the power of friendship' – Katie Fforde

AJ Pearce has created a great boo-hiss villainess in Mrs Porter for her third Emmy Lake book . . . This is at heart a cosy, jolly diversion in the best Joyce Grenfell tradition.
I raced through Mrs Porter Calling, it is just brilliant, so utterly charming and uplifting . . . all I want is for Emmy and Bunty to be my friends!
[A] charming, comforting book, which never shies away from the horrors and the losses of the war.