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84 Charing Cross Road [Helene Hanff] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book is the very simple story of the love affair between Miss . In June, , a slim volume by a little-known, middle-aged American writer, Helene Hanff, was published in Britain. Called 84 Charing Cross. This charming classic love story, first published in , brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance.

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January 18, at 1: My first book had been published inbut since fross each successive project had failed to get off the ground. Thanks for giving me the nudge I needed to get myself a copy and check it out!

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84, Charing Cross Road

Yet, that library is 50 blocks from her home and most of the time she is unable to bring the books she finds back to her apartment. Thus began a two-decade long correspondence and friendship between the reserved bookseller and the irrepressible Miss Hanff. The letters are a marvellous tribute to the joys of written communication, and the pleasure of having penfriends.

Fun, nostalgic read with a smile. I have this and really want to get to it as I chariing to watch the film ,this seeems like a real book lovers book ,all the best stu. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here What gradually emerges is a gentle and moving look at two kindred spirits united by their love of the printed word.

This site uses cookies. Though never meeting in person, they shared a comm I received this book in the mail a surprise gift — so I read it ‘on the spot’. The follow up was included in this edition and it was a lovely read, I wasnt sure it would charm me and it really did. I have just re-read this book for about the fifth time. Because there is a current of fondness that is just rushing through these letters that transcends distance and time and circumstance and is just impossible to ignore as the epistolary narrative subtly betrays just how much platonic love and friendly admiration exist among Hanff, her primary writing buddy Ctoss, his wife and the coming-and-going cast of characters who help keep the bookshop running.


But so far, the bookstores I have visited have been highly impersonal.

’84 Charing Cross Road’ revisited

Hanff was in search of obscure classics and British literature titles that she had been unable to find in New York Charig when she noticed an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature. The play was produced by Christopher Venning. A circular brass plaque on a pilaster on the street frontage acknowledges the story and marks the site.

As soon as I came across this book on Goodreads and read the blurb, I could see that all the literary ingredients I look for in a book were there in this series of letters between two individuals. But she often stated that she was not rich.

Even though she was unable to visit London, Hanff’s sincere writing left me with a smile as I envisioned her thrill of opening the letters and packages that emerged from a simple correspondence. All the gleaming leather and gold stamping and beautiful type belongs to the pine-panelled library of an English country home Sadly, all the charinv and accolades bestowed on her over the years had not given her financial security.


How many countless times have we reaped chating real-life benefits — be it a change of mood for the better over some well-timed kind words or the always welcome surprise of a mailed package of books — of the digital realm ctoss of the connections we’ve made on this site?

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Occasional gifts are exchanged and thanks sent. Anywhere I went that offered a chance to sign up to be a pen pal, I did with earnest. And in an odd way it reminded me of what I love about Goodreads.

View all 40 comments. I almost cried when view spoiler [ Frank Doyle died, and the bookshop got demolished. In addition, the UK still had rationing after the Second World War and this lasted untiland so these food parcels were very welcome.

Frank Doel himself is quite the character.

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I read it in one sitting and not one disturbance was allowed; even going without my eagerly awaited dinner that is cooked for me. There is an essence of the various writers in each letter.

I never knew a book would be such a joy to the touch. And also his music criticism? What a bumper month. Around the Year i This charming classic, first published inbrings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London.

It ran for 96 performances.