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Dear Mrs Bird

Dear Mrs Bird

Pearce, A. J., author

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

Hardback, Book. English. General.
Published London: Picador, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: A.J. Pearce
ISBN: 1509853898, 9781509853892
Physical Description: 320 pages ; 22 cm
Subject: London (England) History 1800-1950 Fiction.; World War, 1939-1945 Social aspects England London Fiction.

Author note

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 love this book
Julie Cohen||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've never read a novel that has grabbed me by the heart quite so much as this one
Shelley Harris