Dear Mrs Bird is one of this year’s hottest debuts; it’s the delightful wartime story of aspiring journalist Emmeline Lake. It was conceived when author AJ Pearce found a 1939 edition of Woman’s Own. Join AJ, her publicist Camilla Elworthy, and agent Jo Unwin to trace the journey from initial idea to seven-publisher auction to the book itself.

‘A joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel … [a] timely story of courage and good humour in adversity.’ The Observer

‘Dear Mrs Bird is a wonderful portrayal of female friendship, gritty wartime pluck, and courage in the face of adversity. Deeply enjoyable, AJ Pearce’s debut is a gem of a novel.’ The Daily Express

‘A delicious debut, chirpy, funny, romantic and genuinely moving.’ Psychologies magazine

‘I loved Dear Mrs Bird, the joyous debut of AJ Pearce.’ Good Housekeeping

Fiction Book of the Month: ‘A thoroughly charming debut…a joyous tale about female friendship which pays tribute to the awe-inspiring courage of those young women who lived through the second world war.’ The Bookseller

‘If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, try Dear Mrs Bird...Having a feel-good war-time novel may seem like a contradiction - but that's exactly what AJ Pearce has pulled off here.’  Books Look Ahead 2018, Arts & Entertainment bbc.co.uk 

‘Both funny and touching, this tale radiates Blitz spirit and the power of female friendship.’ Red magazine

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