Hailed as the ‘literary tonic of the year’ AJ Pearce’s debut novel ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ is a funny, charming and moving story of friendship set in London during the Second World War.
“A marvelous treat. Charming and delightful.” — Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina
“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
“Funny, fresh, and touching, Dear Mrs. Bird is a pitch-perfect pleasure. It’s a rare and wonderful thing to read a book that seems to live properly in its era.” — Annie Barrows, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.
Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .
Irresistibly funny and enormously 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.
Join us with A.J. Pearce, Thursday 26th April, 7pm at The Chapel. Tickets are available now at the usual £5, which includes a glass of wine or something soft. For ticket bookings call us on 01434 632931, or pop into the new bookshop at The Chapel, Corbridge, NE45 5AW.
See you soon!