Dear Mrs Bird – A J Pearce

This is set in WW2, and is about a young woman who wants to be a Lady War Correspondent, but ends up working on a women’s magazine under the most unsympathetic agony aunt ever.

The voice is fantastic. I am very fussy about the voice in historical fiction. If it doesn’t sound right I can’t read the book. I did just stop reading something because the heroine was eating pavlova in 1913. Research your puddings, my friend. Anyhow, I’m telling you that because the voice in this is perfect. Bright, chipper, chin up, putting on a brave face and the very last of the rouge.

I loved the story, but I’m not going to tell you about it because I really want you to read this book. And I loved Emmy, who is bright and funny, and trying awfully hard to make the best of things. All the characters in the book are really well drawn, their problems are real problems, things get messy, the out and out nastiness of war is shown in little moments, but also the excitement just of being young, and feeling that you are doing something worthwhile; the excitement of going out and having fun while the bombs are falling all around you.

It’s a lovely read. I recommend it. 

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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