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Dear Mrs. Bird Hardcover – 3 July 2018

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"A joy from start to finish. Dear Mrs. Bird is as funny as it is heartwarming."
--John Boyne, author of The Heart's Invisible Furies

"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, author of A Secret Garden

"Charming and funny."
--New York Post

"Emmeline Lake, the heroine of Dear Mrs. Bird, is the most endearing character to emerge from the world of British fiction since Bridget Jones. She's funny, she's indefatigable, and she faces the worst of circumstances with the pluckiest of resolves. You cannot help but love her."--Kimmery Martin, author of The Queen of Hearts

"A winning wartime romp, as hilarious as it is moving . . . the novel's spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern."
--The Guardian

"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, author of A Secret Garden

"Perfect wartime details, but it's the voice that really makes this debut shine. A tragicomedy set amid falling bombs, it's a jaunty, heartbreaking winner."
--People

"Set against a backdrop of war-torn London, this is a charming and heartfelt novel. Pearce brings to life a tale of true friendship, and how love will outlast even the most challenging times."
--Booklist

"The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love."
--Marian Keyes

"Clever... The novel has a wonderfully droll tone, a reminder of the exuberance of youth even under dire circumstances. Headlined by its winning lead character, who always keeps carrying on, Pearce's novel is a delight."
--Publishers Weekly

"There is more to this very English novel than first meets the eye . . . a delightful read -- funny and poignant . . . It is about the home front during war, yes, but even more it is about the strength of women, the importance of friendship and the toll of stoicism.
--Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Vividly evocative of wartime life... a very English tribute to the women of the homefront." --Kirkus

"Fans of Jojo Moyes will enjoy Pearce's debut, with its plucky female characters and fresh portrait of women's lives in wartime Britain."
--Library Journal

"This funny, poignant story set during the London Blitz is already a reader favorite . . . imbued with the voice and attitudes of the war years; it's clear Pearce is an expert in that era."
--Sarah Smith, Omnivoracious

"Utterly charming and helplessly funny."
--Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner

"Funny, fresh, and touching, Dear Mrs. Bird is a pitch-perfect pleasure. It's a rare and wonderful thing to read a book that seems to live properly in its era."
--Annie Barrows, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

"A marvelous treat. Charming and delightful."
--Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

About the Author

AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire, England. She studied at the University of Sussex and Northwestern University. A chance discovery of a 1939 women's magazine became the inspiration for her first novel, Dear Mrs. Bird. She lives in the south of England and is at work on her second book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Transported back in time
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jolly Kind of Book
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great premise. Disappointing content.
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