We are often asked to recommend books to cheer up friends and family – the response, quite often, is to reach for Nancy Mitford, but now we have another contender, Dear Mrs Bird. Better still, its author, A J Pearce, is coming to Mainstreet on Wed 25th April.
‘Dear Mrs Bird is an adorable novel, charming, funny, and uplifting; a WW2 London-Blitz tears’n’cheers plucky-gal romance with excellent jokes, serious sorrows, a great friendship and a Celia Johnson accent. Catch a cold immediately and retire to bed with it.’– LOUISA YOUNG
London, 1940. 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 soon the thought of desperate women going unanswered becomes too much to bear and Emmy decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .
Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird is a love letter to female friendship, Blitz spirit, the kindness of strangers and the art of letter-writing itself.
‘If I had only known how much I was going to adore Dear Mrs Bird, I wouldn’t have gobbled it down all at once. Funny, and touching, it is a treat of a read. It has ruined me for all the books I’m supposed to be reading. Where will I find another novel so fresh and delightful?’ – ANNIE BARROWS, author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Do join us to meet one of the nicest debut authors we’ve ever met.