The Sunday Times Bestseller. Irresistibly funny and moving, Dear Mrs Bird is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

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?



  • Perfect wartime details, but it’s the voice that really makes this debut shine. A tragicomedy set amid falling bombs, it’s a jaunty, heartbreaking winner.

  • Headlined by its winning lead character, who always keeps carrying on, Pearce’s novel is a delight.

    Publishers Weekly
  • Charming and funny.

    New York Post
  • Irrepressibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs. Bird is “funny and poignant…about the strength of women and the importance of friendship.

    Star Tribune, Minneapolis
  • 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 (UK)
  • Enthralling, meticulously researched and vividly imagined…an enchanting new addition to the genre.

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

    Woman & Home
  • Incredibly funny, yet very touching. *****.

    Daily Express
  • The most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love.

    Marian Keyes
  • 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 heartwarming.

    John Boyne, author of The Heart's Invisible Furies
  • A marvelous treat. Charming and delightful.

    Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina