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Dear Mrs Bird
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An irresistibly funny, charming and moving debut from a sensational talent, sure to be one of the best-loved and most talked-about books of the year

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AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. She has worked in magazine publishing and home entertainment marketing. She now lives in the south of England and works freelance. Dear Mrs Bird is her first novel.

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A winning wartime romp . . . as hilarious as it is moving. Emmy is truly charming. When her upper lip finally wobbles, the reader's will, too. In the end, the novel's spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern. * Guardian *
The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love . . . It'll be huge; it deserves to be -- Marian Keyes, author of The Break
This story of female friendship is just the tonic for that jaded feeling that the world is ugly and mad. * The Times *
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, fresh, and touching, Dear Mrs Bird 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, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
A joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel . . . a timely story of courage and good humour in adversity. * Observer *
A marvellous treat. Charming and delightful. -- Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina
When we need it most, Dear Mrs Bird is a wonderful, uplifting novel and, like its heroine, its breathless, giddy tone has real depth and heart. In the very worst of times, Britain's `finest generation' always found the light in the darkness, which is an important message worth remembering during our own worst times. -- Sarra Manning * Red *
Here's a refreshing take on the Second World War novel. Dear Mrs Bird is charming without being twee, full of fun and heart, and will being you to tears. -- Sarah Shaffi * Stylist *
Dear Mrs Bird is an adorable novel, charming, funny, and uplifting . . . Catch a cold immediately and retire to bed with it -- Louisa Young, author of My Dear I Wanted To Tell You
Irresistibly charming and delightful -- Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You
I fell in love with Dear Mrs Bird on page one and completely adored every single word . . . a wonderfully heartwarming book, which I will recommend to everyone I know -- Jill Mansell
A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming. -- John Boyne, author The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
An utterly charming story of friendship, heartbreak and heroism... You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love it -- Lucy Diamond
I've never read a novel that has grabbed me by the heart quite so much as this one * Shelley Harris *
Books that make you shake with laughter and sob with tears are rare. I gulped this one down but didn't stop thinking about it for a long time -- Katie Fforde
Witty, wise and full of charm . . . I absolutely loved it -- Rachel Lucas
Utterly charming and helplessly funny -- Jenny Colgan
Dear Mrs Bird is an utterly enchanting debut: cheering, compelling, charming. If you loved Their Finest this is for you. -- Amanda Craig, author of The Lie of The Land
A thoroughly lovely book, and reading it is like a great big shot of serotonin in the arm. I defy anyone not to fall for its numerous charms -- Kate Riordan
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, author of My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
What better tonic for times like these than this spritely tale of female guts and derring do in wartime London. A story bathed in good cheer, it celebrates the power of female friendship in difficult times and how writing a letter might heal the sorest of hearts. A charm of a novel, undercut by a seam of genuine sadness at the losses we must all face as life rolls on. -- Mary Paulson-Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker
This adorable debut set during the Blitz is already being called the literary tonight of the year. Emmy Lake is secretary to Mrs Henrietta Bird, the fearsome agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine, who refuse to consider letters containing any 'unpleasantness'. But Emmy rebels and starts secretly to writer back to correspondents. Uplifting, funny and enormously moving. * Saga magazine *
Dear Mrs Bird is a triumph - authentic, funny and packed with heart. Emmeline Lake is the perfect heroine, completely embodying the spirit of the times. I rooted for her from the very first page, laughed, cried and cheered with her to the finish. This is an utter delight of a book, deliciously drawn and gloriously uplifting. I adored it! -- Miranda Dickinson, Sunday Times Bestselling Author
Imagine Bridget Jones running amok in the wartime world of Mrs Miniver. AJ Pearce's hoot of a debut, Dear Mrs Bird is a comic confection that is sweetly uplifting. * Sunday Times *
Dear Mrs Bird has the edge . . . I loved the concept of a light-hearted historical novel inspired by real Forties letters sent into advice columns, which highlight how women's lives were affected amid the `stiff upper lip' attitudes of the time. If it appears on our screens as a series any time soon, remember I called it first. -- Millie Hurst * Stylist *
What a lovely, cheery novel this is. Skewering snobbery and prudishness with the lightest of touches, it also portrays the difficulties of the home front. -- Elizabeth Buchan * Daily Mail *
A wonderful wartime story that is funny, yet poignant and realistic. I can't wait for the next in the series. -- Kate Fforde * Daily Mail *
A delight: witty, tear-jerking and a vivid depiction of the time. I absolutely loved it. -- Woman & Home magazine `Pick of the Month'
Like Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Dear Mrs Bird manages to strike a delicate balance between funny and heart breaking. When we need it most, Dear Mrs Bird is a wonderful, uplifting novel and, like its heroine, its breathless, giddy tone has real depth and heart. * Red magazine *
Thoroughly charming . . . A joyous tale about female friendship -- The Bookseller, `Book of the Month'
A gloriously old-fashioned tale with guts and I absolutely adored it * The Sun *
Uplifting, moving and deeply enjoyable, Dear Mrs Bird is a gem of a novel * Sunday Express *
Quirky and charming * Sunday Mirror *
A proper comfort read -- India Knight
Unmissable... An enchanting debut * heat magazine *
Incredibly funny yet very touching, [Dear Mrs Bird] explores friendship and romance against the bleak backdrop of the Blitz with trademark British humour and a stiff upper lip. * Daily Express *
Charming, funny and moving, this is a total joy of a read -- Fabulous magazine
A delicious debut, chirpy, funny, romantic and genuinely moving -- Psychologies magazine
I loved Dear Mrs Bird, the joyous debut of AJ Pearce * Good Housekeeping *
(A) moving and funny debut of friendship and kindness in the Blitz. -- Elle magazine
A sweet and charming read -- Prima magazine
Emmy, her best friend, Bunty, and Mrs Bird herself are wonderful characters. Rich, warm, funny....I loved them. [...]And I loved A.J. Pearce's writing. It's warm and humorous, and brilliantly engaging. * The People's Friend *
I just adored Dear Mrs Bird and think it should be available on prescription, it is such a tonic. It's so clever and wise but sweet and moving too. Just the ticket -- Harriet Evans, author of The Wildflowers
Uplifting, funny and enormously moving. * Saga magazine *
This hoot of a debut about life on a Second World War periodical is like Bridget Jones running amok in the world of Mrs Miniver. * The Times, The 100 best books to read this summer *
Pip pip! This tale of female friendship in Second World War London is simply topping - and stuffed with 1940s slang. Emmeline Lake is determined to make it as a "Lady War Correspondent". Instead, she ends up employed by the fearsome agony aunt Mrs Bird. * The Times, Saturday Review, The best new novels to read on holiday this summer *
Sharply observed, witty and with a memorable narrative voice, this upbeat and winning novel proves an absolute delight. * Daily Mail *

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