The charming and hilarious tonic we’ve all been waiting for. The Times bestseller, Yours Cheerfully, is the uplifting sequel to Dear Mrs Bird and the second novel in the series The Emmy Lake Chronicles.

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. And while the war rages on, Emmy is even firmer that she must do all she can to help on the Home Front. As ever, she is determined to Make a Go of It. 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.

But when she and best friend Bunty meet a young woman who shows them the real challenges that women war workers face, Emmy must tackle a life-changing dilemma: should she carry out her duty or stand by her friends?



  • 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
  • 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
  • If you loved Dear Mrs Bird you’ll be delighted that there’s a sequel to the story of plucky trainee journalist Emmy, with the same humour, heart and poignancy.

    Good Housekeeping
  • Every bit as funny, heartwarming, and touching as Dear Mrs Bird, Yours Cheerfully is a celebration of friendship, a tribute to the strength of women and the importance of lifting each other up, even in the most challenging times.

    Grazia magazine’s Pick of The Best Books of 2021.
  • This beautifully observed, touching tale is a delight from start to finish.

    Sunday Express Magazine
  • Batten down the hatches and disappear into this wonderful world of yesteryear. I thought Dear Mrs Bird was unbeatable but I was wrong. Yours Cheerfully is FABULOUS.

    Milly Johnson
  • Just when you needed it along comes a delicious uplifting sequel to Dear Mrs Bird . . . full of good-spirited humour from the quirky to the laugh out loud, combined with heart rending and poignant moments. The sadness and loss of war are beautifully set against the strength of women, their friendships, and their love. Wonderful.

    Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tuscan Contessa
  • I devoured Yours Cheerfully. It has bone-deep charm, a sense of the ridiculous and cunning beguilement . . . it will make a lot of readers happy.

    Elizabeth Buchan, author of The Museum of Broken Promises
  • Yours Cheerfully is a joyful world I happily escaped into. Engrossing, engaging and charming. I finished reading with a smile, ready for anything.

    Ericka Waller, author of Dog Days