In turn funny and heartbreaking, and filled with warmth and charm. The new story of friendship, love and courage when all seems lost from AJ Pearce, The Sunday Times bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird and Yours Cheerfully.

London, April 1943.
Emmy Lake is an agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine, doing all she can to help readers as they face the challenges of wartime life. With her column thriving and a team of women behind her, Emmy finally feels she is Doing Her Bit.  But when the glamourous new owner arrives, everything changes and Emmy quickly realises the Honourable Mrs Cressida Porter plans to destroy everything readers love about the magazine…

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“Mrs Porter Calling is a winning combination of warmth, humour and a compelling story of the power of friendship. This book really is a joy.”

Katie Fforde

“A ray of sunshine.” 

Good Housekeeeping

“If ever there was a book to cheer a heart, it’s MRS PORTER CALLING. Touching, beyond charming, meticulously researched and full of the best one-liners, it is playful, perky, poignant and perfect. I love, love, LOVED it..” 

Milly Johnson


The charming and hilarious tonic we’ve all been waiting for. The Times bestseller, Yours Cheerfully, is the uplifting sequel to Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce.

London, September 1941.
Following the departure of the formidable Editor, Mrs Henrietta Bird, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake at Woman’s Friend magazine. Now a agony aunt, while the war rages on, Emmy is determined to do all she can to help on the Home Front. When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit female supporters to the war effort, Emmy is thrilled to be asked to help…

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“Yours Cheerfully: the best possible antidote for the blahs, the doldrums, all slumps, all dumps, but also effective against letdowns and general malaise. Loved. Every. Word.”

Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry

‘Yours Cheerfully is as sweet, heartwarming and uplifting as the first book. Absolutely lovely! And if you haven’t read Dear Mrs Bird yet, do so, without delay!’

Marian Keyes

“A joyous story of friendship, courage and love.”

The Independent


The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick. 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.

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…

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“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

“A joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel . . . a timely story of courage and good humour in adversity”

The Observer

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

Woman & Home