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Two years later, Hanff is outraged that Marks & Co. has dared to send an abridged Pepys diary. "i enclose two limp singles, i will make do with this thing till you find me a real Pepys. THEN i will rip up this ersatz book, page by page, AND WRAP THINGS IN IT." Nonetheless, her postscript asks whether they want fresh or powdered eggs for Christmas. Soon they're sharing news of Frank's family and Hanff's career. No doubt their letters would have continued, but in 1969, the firm's secretary informed her that Frank Doel had died. In the collection's penultimate entry, Helene Hanff urges a tourist friend, "If you happen to pass by 84, Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me. I owe it so much."
It is a love letter to the world of great literature while telling the story of a long distance friendship.
I've re-read the book several times since I first read it many years ago and each time it's like revisiting old friends.
Enjoyed this book greatly, it was a quick read and it was enjoyable to read, i would recommend it to others.
I read this book years ago and bought another copy for a niece plus a copy of the movie.Published 19 days ago by jimx
This exchange of letters between a writer in New York and the employee(s) of a book shop in London is beguiling and ever so charming. Read morePublished 23 days ago by J.J.
Acerbic at times, poignant at others... delightfully heartwarming always. This collection of letters comprising a 20 year correspondence between American Helene Hanff and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Ross
The movie with Anne Bancroft was unusual because it was based on letter correspondence. The book is the real McCoy.
The ending is sad so be prepared.
This was read in about one hour in it's entirety and I wish it had been longer. This was simple charming and touching. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joanne Harris