Dear Mrs Bird - The Emmy Lake Chronicles (Hardback)
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Dear Mrs Bird - The Emmy Lake Chronicles (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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London, 1941. 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.

'Books that make you shake with laughter and sob with tears are rare. I gulped this one down but didn't stop thinking about it for a long time' - Katie Fforde

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509853892
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 448 g
Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This story of female friendship is just the tonic for that jaded feeling that the world is ugly and mad.' - The Times

'The novel's spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern.' - The Guardian

'If I had only 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, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

'The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love . . . It'll be huge; it deserves to be' - Marian Keyes

'A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming.' - John Boyne

'A marvellous treat. Charming and delightful.' - Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

'A joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel . . . a timely story of courage and good humour in adversity.' - Observer 

'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

'Books that make you shake with laughter and sob with tears are rare. I gulped this one down but didn't stop thinking about it for a long time' - Katie Fforde

'Utterly charming and helplessly funny' - Jenny Colgan

'Dear Mrs Bird is an utterly enchanting debut: cheering, compelling, charming. If you loved Their Finest this is for you.' - Amanda Craig, author of The Lie of The Land

'What better tonic for times like these than this spritely tale of female guts and derring do in wartime London. 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

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“The joy of letter writing!”

I am writing to say what a pleasure it was to read this story and to think it all began with an advertisement in the newspaper...
Emmy applied for a job with The Evening Chronicle, to do her bit for the war effort,... More

Hardback edition
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“Simply Lovely”

Thank you to Brid Enright and Team Macmillan for this lovely boxed proof copy.
This is most certainly not the type of book I would usually pick to read but encouraged by Brid’s opinion of it, I gave it a go.... More

Hardback edition
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“Simply wonderful”

I loved this book from it’s opening page. The warmth of the writing eminates from the pages, drawing the reader back to Emmy’s war time London. There is something wonderfully enveloping about Dear Mrs Bird and I was... More

Paperback edition
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