London, 1940. 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. Emmy finds herself dismissing problems from lovelorn, grief-stricken and morally conflicted readers in favour of those who fear their ankles are unsightly or have trouble untangling lengths of wool. But soon the thought of desperate women going unanswered becomes too much to bear and Emmy 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 female friendship, Blitz spirit, the kindness of strangers and the art of letter-writing itself.
About the Author
AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. She has worked in magazine publishing and home entertainment marketing. She now lives in the south of England and works freelance. Dear Mrs Bird is her first novel.
I've never read a novel that has grabbed me by the heart quite so much as this one * Shelley Harris * AJ Pearce is one of those rare writers who make you laugh and cry on the same page and keeps you turning the pages until you've finished. A wonderful new voice * Katie Fforde * I love this book * Julie Cohen *