Dear Mrs Bird - The Emmy Lake Chronicles (Paperback)
  • Dear Mrs Bird - The Emmy Lake Chronicles (Paperback)

Dear Mrs Bird - The Emmy Lake Chronicles (Paperback)

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Published: 27/12/2018
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Waterstones Says

Treading the line between poignant drama and laugh-out-loud comedy with aplomb, Pearce’s beguiling debut finds a frustrated war correspondent answering agony aunt letters – with hilarious consequences. 

London, 1941. Amid the falling bombs Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a fearless Lady War Correspondent. Unfortunately, Emmy instead finds herself employed as a typist for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt at Woman's Friend magazine. Mrs Bird refuses to read, let alone answer, letters containing any form of Unpleasantness, and definitely not those from the lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted.

But the thought of these desperate women waiting for an answer at this most desperate of times becomes impossible for Emmy to ignore. She decides she simply must help and secretly starts to write back - after all, what harm could that possibly do?

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509853922
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 24 mm


'A winning wartime romp . . . as hilarious as it is moving. Emmy is truly charming. When her upper lip finally wobbles, the reader's will, too. In the end, the novel's spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern.' - The Guardian

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

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

'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

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

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

'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. In the very worst of times, Britain's 'finest generation' always found the light in the darkness, which is an important message worth remembering during our own worst times.' - Sarra Manning, Red Magazine

'Here's a refreshing take on the Second World War novel. Dear Mrs Bird is charming without being twee, full of fun and heart, and will being you to tears.' - Sarah Shaffi, Stylist

'Dear Mrs Bird is an adorable novel, charming, funny, and uplifting . . . Catch a cold immediately and retire to bed with it.' - Louisa Young, author of My Dear I Wanted To Tell You

'Irresistibly charming and delightful.' - Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You

'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

'A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming.' - John Boyne, author The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

'An utterly charming story of friendship, heartbreak and heroism... You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love it.' - Lucy Diamond

'I've never read a novel that has grabbed me by the heart quite so much as this one.' - Shelley Harris

'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

'Witty, wise and full of charm... I absolutely loved it.' - Rachel Lucas

'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

'A thoroughly lovely book, and reading it is like a great big shot of serotonin in the arm. I defy anyone not to fall for its numerous charms.' - Kate Riordan

'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. Catch a cold immediately and retire to bed with it.' - Louisa Young, author of My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

'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

'This adorable debut set during the Blitz is already being called the literary tonight of the year. Emmy Lake is secretary to Mrs Henrietta Bird, the fearsome agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine, who refuse to consider letters containing any 'unpleasantness'. But Emmy rebels and starts secretly to writer back to correspondents. Uplifting, funny and enormously moving.' - Saga Magazine

'Dear Mrs Bird is a triumph - authentic, funny and packed with heart. Emmeline Lake is the perfect heroine, completely embodying the spirit of the times. I rooted for her from the very first page, laughed, cried and cheered with her to the finish. This is an utter delight of a book, deliciously drawn and gloriously uplifting. I adored it!' - Miranda Dickinson, The Sunday Times

'Imagine Bridget Jones running amok in the wartime world of Mrs Miniver. AJ Pearce's hoot of a debut, Dear Mrs Bird is a comic confection that is sweetly uplifting.' - The Sunday Times

'Dear Mrs Bird has the edge... I loved the concept of a light-hearted historical novel inspired by real Forties letters sent into advice columns, which highlight how women's lives were affected amid the `stiff upper lip' attitudes of the time. If it appears on our screens as a series any time soon, remember I called it first.' - Millie Hurst, Stylist

'What a lovely, cheery novel this is. Skewering snobbery and prudishness with the lightest of touches, it also portrays the difficulties of the home front.' - Elizabeth Buchan, The Daily Mail

'A wonderful wartime story that is funny, yet poignant and realistic. I can't wait for the next in the series.' - Kate Fforde, The Daily Mail

'A delight: witty, tear-jerking and a vivid depiction of the time. I absolutely loved it.' - Woman & Home, 'Pick of the Month'

'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

'Thoroughly charming... A joyous tale about female friendship.' - The Bookseller, 'Book of the Month'

'A gloriously old-fashioned tale with guts and I absolutely adored it.' - The Sun

'Uplifting, moving and deeply enjoyable, Dear Mrs Bird is a gem of a novel.' - The Sunday Express

'Quirky and charming.' - The Sunday Mirror

'A proper comfort read.' - India Knight

'Unmissable... An enchanting debut.' - heat

'Incredibly funny yet very touching, Dear Mrs Bird explores friendship and romance against the bleak backdrop of the Blitz with trademark British humour and a stiff upper lip.' - The Daily Express

'Charming, funny and moving, this is a total joy of a read.' - Fabulous

'A delicious debut, chirpy, funny, romantic and genuinely moving.' - Psychologies

'I loved Dear Mrs Bird, the joyous debut of AJ Pearce.' - Good Housekeeping

'(A) moving and funny debut of friendship and kindness in the Blitz.' - Elle

'A sweet and charming read.' - Prima

'Emmy, her best friend, Bunty, and Mrs Bird herself are wonderful characters. Rich, warm, funny....I loved them. [...]And I loved A.J. Pearce's writing. It's warm and humorous, and brilliantly engaging.' - The People's Friend

'I just adored Dear Mrs Bird and think it should be available on prescription, it is such a tonic. It's so clever and wise but sweet and moving too. Just the ticket.' - Harriet Evans, author of The Wildflowers

'Uplifting, funny and enormously moving.' - Saga

'The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love.' - Marian Keyes

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

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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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