‘This story of female friendship is just the tonic if you feel the world is ugly and mad.....infectiously chipper.'

The Times


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

Imagine Bridget Jones running amok in the wartime world of Mrs Miniver. AJ Pearce’s hoot of a debut

...is a comic confection that is sweetly uplifting.’
The Sunday Times

'Perfect wartime details, but it's the voice of Emmeline, an assistant at a magazine during the London Blitz that really makes this debut shine. A tragicomedy set amid falling bombs, it's a jaunty, heartbreaking winner.'

People magazine

'The novel has a wonderfully droll tone, a reminder of the exuberance of youth even under dire circumstances. Headlined by its winning lead character, who always keeps carrying on, Pearce’s novel is a delight.' 

Publishers Weekly

'[Dear Mrs Bird] proves as hilarious as it is moving....the novel's spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern.'

The Guardian

'Enthralling, meticulously researched and vividly imagined...an enchanting new addition to the genre.'

The Daily Telegraph

'What a lovely, cheering novel this is. Skewering snobbery, and prudishness with the lightest of touches, it also portrays the difficulties of the home front.’

The Daily Mail

'I absolutely adored it. *****' 

The Sun

'Charming, funny and moving, this is an absolute joy of a read.'

The Sun on Sunday

'Blitz spirit brims from every page....Quirky and charming.'
The Sunday Mirror

Dear Mrs Bird is a wonderful portrayal of female friendship, gritty wartime pluck, and courage in the face of adversity. Deeply enjoyable, AJ Pearce’s debut is a gem of a novel. *****’ 

The Sunday Express magazine

'Incredibly funny, yet very touching. *****'

Daily Express

'Pick of the month. This is a delight: witty, tear jerking and a vivid depiction of the time. I absolutely loved it.'  

Woman & Home

'An enchanting debut. *****'


                ‘I loved Dear Mrs Bird, the joyous debut of AJ Pearce.’ 

Good Housekeeping

Like Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Dear Mrs Bird manages to strike a delicate balance between funny and heart breaking. When we need it most, Dear Mrs Bird is a wonderful, uplifting novel and, like its heroine, its breathless, giddy tone has real depth and heart.’  

Red magazine

‘(A) moving and funny debut of friendship and kindness in the Blitz.’

Elle magazine

‘A delicious debut, chirpy, funny, romantic and genuinely moving.’ 

Psychologies magazine

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

‘It’s easy to find novels set during the Second World War, but less easy to find ones that are full of charm and humour yet still convey the difficulties of war - Dear Mrs Bird has all of those things….Dear Mrs Bird is charming without being twee, full of fun and heart, and will bring you to tears.’
Stylist Magazine

'If only I had known how much I was going to adore Dear Mrs Bird, I wouldn't have gobbled it down all at once. Funny, fresh and touching, Dear Mrs Bird is a treat of a read. It has ruined me for all the books I'm supposed to be reading. Where will I find another novel so fresh and delightful?'

Annie Barrows, co-author, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


'The most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love'

Marian Keyes, author of The Break

‘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 Heart's Invisible Furies

‘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 Country Escape

'I relished every moment of Dear Mrs. Bird. What a joy! Hilarious, heartwarming, and unutterably charming.' 

Jennifer Ryan, author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

‘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


‘A story bathed in good cheer, it celebrates the power of female friendship in difficult times and how writing a letter might heal the sorest of hearts. A charm of a novel, undercut by a seam of genuine sadness at the losses we must all face as life rolls on.’
Mary Paulson-Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker

‘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

'Irresistibly charming and delightful'

Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You

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