An afternoon with…

A J Pearce
21st Jun 2023
2:30 pm

Simply Books, 228 Moss Lane, SK7 1BD

Author A J Pearce infront of a manual typewriter
Mrs Porter Calling by A J Pearce Book Jacket with yellow cover and blue retro lettering

 Feel-good novel of the summer!

Join us for a delightful afternoon (and cream tea!) with bestselling author A J Pearce to mark the publication of Mrs Porter Calling – a heart-warming and heart-wrenching new wartime story of love and friendship, featuring Emmy Lake, the much-loved agony aunt at Women’s Friend magazine.


Date: Wednesday 21st June, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Simply Books, 228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, SK7 1BD
Ticket & Cream Tea £12
Ticket, Book & Cream Tea £20
(includes a signed copy of Mrs Porter Calling)


We are delighted to welcome AJ back to Simply Books – we had a lovely time when she visited for the launch of Dear Mrs Bird – the first of the Emmy Lake series – so we’re really looking forward to hearing what she (and Emmy Lake!) have been up to since.

AJ Pearce was a 1970s child, happily growing up in the era of Angel Delight and the Bay City Rollers. She embarked upon a career in marketing, and it wasn’t until she hit her 40s that she started thinking about writing. However, it was a chance bargain buy that really changed her life. Browsing on eBay, she spotted a 1939 copy of Woman magazine for sale. It was like opening a window onto another era, but through the kind of magazines she had always loved. In particular, the ‘agony aunt’ advice columns were rich with the stories of real women living through the challenges of the home-front. The idea for her international bestselling debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird was born.

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