14 Nov Book review: Dear Mrs Bird
Dear Mrs Bird is a tale of friendship during the wartime.
This book sparked an interest in me to read up on World War II. Like most people my age, I’ve heard stories and read a couple of articles on it, but never really gave it much thought. Dear Mrs Bird brought to life what it must have been like to live in the midst of it. People were so brave, especially in London, where they were subjected to constant air raids and living with the fear of being bombed. In spite of this, everyone still tried to live a normal life, not wanting to let the Germans destroy their peace of mind.
A tale of friendship
Dear Mrs Bird is about Emmie and Bunty’s friendship. Two best friends, sharing a flat in London and both trying to do their bit for the war. Emmie’s dream is to be a war correspondent. So much so, that when she gets an interview at a prominent newspaper, she’s so excited that she doesn’t pay much attention to what job she was offered when she accepted it. Her job at Women’s Friend is far from reporting from the front-lines. Instead, she’s sorting letters from readers and typing up Mrs Bird’s replies for her advice column. Emmie soon realises that Mrs Bird is quite abrupt in her replies and refuses to even acknowledge letters that deals with any “unpleasantness”. Feeling sorry for these women, and thinking this is how she can play a part in the war effort, Emmie starts replying as Mrs Bird. However, things starts getting messy when she places a reply directly in the magazine without any consent…
Bunty and Emmie share everything, they’re two peas in a pod. Bunty gets engaged to another one of Emmie’s childhood friends and everyone is overjoyed. But after a falling out between Emmie and Bill, they just don’t see eye-to-eye anymore…and then something unbearable happens…
We can all relate to Emmie – we’ve all had the best intentions at some time or another, but things went completely the wrong way.
Dear Mrs Bird is a delight to read
The language used transported me to 1941 and all I want to do now is speak that way. It’s a story of friendship, hardships, guilt but also one of hope and bravery. Courage is a running theme throughout – not only to survive war, but to have courage to face the problems in your life. The story reminds us that we all need to give ourselves a break and reiterate to never judge a book by its cover – there’s so much more to people than what meets the eye.
I absolutely loved reading it and recommend it to anyone.