Funny, 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. Charming her way around editor Guy Collins, Emmy quickly realises the Honourable Mrs Cressida Porter plans to destroy everything readers love about the magazine.

With her best friends by her side, Emmy must work out how she can bring everyone together and save Woman’s Friend before it’s too late.



  • Heartbreaking yet feel-good, we loved it.

    Woman and Home
  • AJ Pearce has not lost her touch. 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 Housekeeping
  • A pleasure you’d be daft to deny yourself…Pearce has hit on a winning blend of irrepressible fizz and poignant period charm

    Mail on Sunday
  • Fans of AJ Pearce’s’ Emmy Lake Chronicles series will be enchanted by this third installment…Both hilarious and heart-wrenchingly sad, this charming book is an utter delight.

  • 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
  • …a cosy, jolly diversion in the best Joyce Grenfell tradition.

    The Times
  • Heartbreaking yet feel-good and thoroughly enjoyable, we loved it.

    Woman's Weekly
  • If Nancy Mitford and Jilly Cooper had collaborated in 1943, I can imagine Mrs Porter Calling might be the result. Humorous and sharp, poignant and profound, it is a book that will stay in my heart and on my shelf, and I suspect will become a very battered comfort-read, to be returned to whenever my spirit needs a lift or I need a good old sob.

    Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost
  • I raced through this one by AJ Pearce. Mrs Porter Calling is just brilliant, so utterly charming and uplifting… all I want is for Emmy and Bunty to be my friends!

    Jill Mansell
  • I loved AJ Pearce’s previous novels in the series, Dear Mrs Bird and Yours Cheerfully but I have to say Mrs Porter Calling is absolutely glorious. So spectacularly joyful, uplifting and just the treat I needed. I found I couldn’t wait to get back to it once I’d started – I absolutely loved it.

    Tracy Rees
  • I loved Mrs Porter Calling, it’s her best yet! In this gorgeous novel AJ Pearce takes us on an incredible journey full of gumption. I cried, I laughed and I finished it feeling full of hope. A beautiful story of love and friendship. Absolutely stirring stuff!

    Jo Thomas
  • A book to sink into. With Emmy and Bunty by your side you know you are in safe hands. Smashing!

    Sally Page, author of The Keeper of Stories