Golden Hare Books is delighted to welcome author AJ Pearce with her brilliant debut novel Dear Mrs Bird, the funny and heart-warming tale of Emmeline Lake, whose job as a secretary to an agony aunt reveals all sorts of secret loves, hopes, dreams and losses. Join us for a glass of wine and a chat! This is a treasure of a book, and certainly one to pick up for summer.
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 by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
'A marvellous treat. Charming and delightful' Nina Stibbe
'A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs Bird is as funny as it is heart-warming' John Boyne
AJ Pearce's debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird, was acquired by Picador following a seven-publisher auction in the UK, and in the USA by Scribner after a similarly competitive auction. Translation rights have been sold in a further eleven countries and Dear Mrs Bird has now been optioned for development for television. AJ was chosen as one of The Observer’s New Faces Of Fiction Debut Novelists 2018. She is currently writing her second novel.