Dear Mrs Bird: Women, Letters and the Blitz

Dear Mrs Bird

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A J Pearce explores a period of British social upheaval

A J Pearce talks about her debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird, an exploration of female friendship, Blitz spirit and the art of letter-writing, and shows some of the items she has collected in the process of researching this period of British social upheaval. Chaired by literary journalist Alex Clark.

Discover the moral conflicts of 1940s London through the letters written to Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Women’s Friend magazine. Her insistence on all 'unpleasantness' being thrown away and ignored drives her young assistant to take matters into her own hands, in this fictional account inspired by real events.

A J Pearce grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. A chance discovery of a 1939 woman’s magazine became the inspiration for her ever-growing collection and her first novel Dear Mrs Bird.

Image: cover detail from Dear Mrs Bird


Name: Dear Mrs Bird: Women, Letters and the Blitz
Where: Knowledge Centre
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96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £10.00
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