About AJ

AJ Pearce was born in Hampshire, UK. Her favourite subjects at school were English and History, which now makes perfect sense!

She majored in American History at the University of Sussex, spending her Junior Year at Northwestern University in Illinois, USA.

In 2012 AJ came across a 1939 copy of a weekly women’s magazine and had the idea of writing a novel set in wartime London. Her debut novel Dear Mrs Bird was a Sunday Times Bestseller and has been published in the USA, Canada and Australia and in translation in fifteen languages.

Dear Mrs Bird was shortlisted for the Debut of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards as well as the Royal Society of Literature Sir Christopher Bland Prize and the Historical Writers’ Association’s Debut Crown 2019 for the best historical debut. It was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and in the USA was shortlisted in the US Library Reads Favorites of Favorites 2018.

AJ’s latest novel, Yours Cheerfully is the sequel to Dear Mrs Bird and the second in The Emmy Lake Chronicles series. She is currently researching the next instalment.