Dear Mrs Bird Paperback – 27 Dec 2018
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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)
An irresistibly funny, charming and moving debut from a sensational talent, one of the best-loved and most talked about books of the year.See all Product description
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But almost worse are the anachronisms. One letter is from a 'Shy Teenager'. NO! Sorry, A J Pearce, teenagers were not invented until 1944 in America (Mrs Bird is set in 1940), and it didn't come to Great Britain until rock 'n roll in the mid-to-late fifties. 'Up tight' and get 'up to speed' are amongst the many other modern expressions used, and jerked me out of the story EVERY TIME!
I actually quite enjoyed the story and felt the friendship between the two girls was believable and very moving in the end. I also think the author is A Good Writer (are you now beginning to see how irritating this is?) if she will stop relying on these silly devices. The story did make me chuckle a bit at the beginning, but I have to agree with some of the reviews in that I think this is more for Young Adults.
To me Emmeline is a cross between Bridget Jones and Bertie Wooster, stumbling from one faux-pas to another, while talking the vernacular of schoolgirls.
At first I found this more irritating than amusing, and felt the story more appropriate for teenage consumption. Until she gets caught up in the memorable Café de Paris bomb disaster, in which beloved friends were involved, and suddenly she has to grow up.
After that it was hard to put down, and I am very glad I persevered with it.
To me, who lived through the London blitz, the author has done her research well, and painted a reasonably accurate picture of just what it was like.
The characters are of their time , believable and most my likable
Set in London at the time of the second world war it is interesting funny and sad and real
My only concern about the book is that I felt that a few plot threads were not neatly tied up by the end of the novel, and indeed one character feels totally forgotten about as he isn't even mentioned in the closing chapter. I raced through this book within days, and especially towards the end of the book it was un-put-down-able - but I really did want to see that character's arc resolved. It's jolly good stuff, but not five star quality as we never learn the outcome of that particular subplot. It was as light and fluffy as a book about the Blitz possibly could be, and definitely worth a read if you're in the mood for something easy.