The Richard & Judy Book Club Pick and Sunday Times Bestseller.
'The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love.' – Marian Keyes, author of The Break.
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?
'A proper comfort read.' – India Knight, author of My Life on a Plate.
'A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming.' – John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With its theme of female empowerment, AJ Pearce's wickedly funny, moving debut strikes all the right chords. Set in World War II London, the novel follows Emmeline Lake, whose determined quest to advance beyond her dead-end job as typist for an imperious advice columnist is timely, relatable and inspiring. The more we learn about the aspiring journalist and her hilarious friend Bunty, the more Dear Mrs. Bird feels like a charming ode to friendship.
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Evocative and captivating
This was the first book chosen for our newly formed book club. A close bunch of girl friends reading as a shared experience and we couldn’t have picked a better book to start. The writing took you straight into that time and I really felt that I was there. It was at times funny, shocking, sad, and hopeful. A fantastic read.
Brilliantly Read and good all the way Through
I'm sure this Audiobook will become one of the classic - not to be missed - Audiobooks of the next few years.
It's so well read at just the right speed.
It has a really good pace of story telling. A wartime atmosphere that is helped rather then hindered by the story teller.
I loved it and I guarantee you will just try it.