Sunday, 10 March 2019

Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce


Emmeline Lake his ambitious. She wants to be a journalist, a woman in a man's world, a Lady war correspondent. Someone who sniffs out the story and feeds it to the masses. When she answers an ad in the newspaper and gets the job she thinks all her eggs have hatched at once. Unfortunately she finds her new position is not only not at the newspaper it's only as the typist for the formidable agony aunt of a women's magazine with low readership.

Emmeline decides to see it asa temporary situation, a stepping stone to the bigger world of journalism, but she hasn't bargained with Mrs Henrietta Bird. Never has she met a more cantankerous, narrow-minded and prudish woman. The poor young girls and women who write to Mrs Bird aren't aware that their letters are judged and discarded within a moments notice. Never shall there be a mention of anything in any way scandalous or inappropriate.

Emmeline finds herself drawn to the worries, questions and concerns of the women. She makes an impulsive decision, which could potentially end her budding career.

This all takes place in London during WW2 and the heavy bombing of the town by the Germans. Trauma and fear play a poignant part in this story, and also the bravery of the men. women and children who tried to survive in the bomb plagued areas of England.

In a way this book puts the whole agony aunt column into perspective, well actually it shines a completely different light on it. That it might be a way of crossing the boundaries of oppression when it comes to topics which may be controversial or being the confidante for people who have no other person to confide in.

I wonder how many of us would do the same thing as Emmeline given half the chance. The possibility of easing the worried minds of a few women here and there, and of course the act of defiance against the patriarchy of society. Just the simple feeling of knowing that one isn't alone with a problem, be it a mundane one or one of a more serious nature. Women supporting other women.

It's amusing, and yet also a tale of bravery at the same time. Mrs Bird is an endearing story of hope, spontaneity, determination and courage.

Buy Dear Mrs Bird at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Picador; pub date Paperback Dec 2018. Buy at Amazon com.

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