Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce
Set in 1940, when neither swearing nor violence were casual and written in a pastiche of wartime language, Dear Mrs Bird is a breath of fresh air, particularly for readers who have not yet become inured to profanity! Henriette Bird is a particularly stringent agony aunt whose newest recruit, our heroince Emmy Lake, cannot resist the temptation to inject a little compassion into her boss’s brusque replies.
In turns amusing and heart-wrenching, this is a book to warm the cockles (as they used to say…).
Reviewed by Vivian