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. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she 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 the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.


‘A joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel … [a] timely story of courage and good humour in adversity.’
The Observer

Fiction Book of the Month: ‘A thoroughly charming debut…a joyous tale about female friendship which pays tribute to the awe-inspiring courage of those young women who lived through the second world war.’
The Bookseller

‘If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, try Dear Mrs Bird...Having a feel-good war-time novel may seem like a contradiction - but that's exactly what AJ Pearce has pulled off here.’ 
Books Look Ahead 2018, Arts & Entertainment bbc.co.uk

‘Both funny and touching, this tale radiates Blitz spirit and the power of female friendship.’
Red magazine


There are many Second World War-set novels, but Dear Mrs Bird is different. Yes, the hallmarks of a war novel set in London are all here, but this book also features a joyfully plucky protagonist in Emmeline Lake.’


‘A marvelous treat. Charming and delightful.’
Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina


‘A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs. Bird is as funny as it is heartwarming.’
John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

‘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. I gulped this one down but didn't stop thinking about it for a long time.’
Katie Fforde author of A Summer at Sea

‘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.’
Jill Mansell, author of Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

‘I love this book.’
Julie Cohen, author of Together

‘I've never read a novel that has grabbed me by the heart quite so much as this one.’
Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee

​‘Dear Mrs Bird is an adorable novel, charming, funny, and uplifting; a WW2 London-Blitz tears’n’cheers plucky-gal romance with excellent jokes, serious sorrows, a great friendship and a Celia Johnson accent.’
Louisa Young, author of My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

‘An utterly charming story of friendship, heartbreak and heroism . . . You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love it.’
Lucy Diamond, author of The Year of Taking Chances


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