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84, Charing Cross Road is a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy. For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather more restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence. In her first letter to Marks & Co., Helene Hanff encloses a wish list, but warns, "The phrase 'antiquarian booksellers' scares me somewhat, as I equate 'antique' with expensive." Twenty days later, on October 25, 1949, a correspondent identified only as FPD let Hanff know that works by Hazlitt and Robert Louis Stevenson would be coming under separate cover. When they arrive, Hanff is ecstatic--but unsure she'll ever conquer "bilingual arithmetic." By early December 1949, Hanff is suddenly worried that the six-pound ham she's sent off to augment British rations will arrive in a kosher office. But only when FPD turns out to have an actual name, Frank Doel, does the real fun begin.
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."
A lovely new edition of this classic title Good Book Guide A must for anyone who reads - the correspondence between book lover Helen Hanff and Messers Marks & Cross of Charing Cross Road has been reissued. Daily Express Unmitigated delight from cover to cover DAILY TELEGRAPH A real-life love story ... A timeless period piece. Do read it WALL STREET JOURNAL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
84 Charing Cross Road is a delightful book, as is its sequel, the Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. This 2014 edition, however, is the exact opposite. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Terence Chua
Charming book. The only thing wrong with it was that the letters
stopped. However, she did write
a about her journey to London.
This is a super fast read, and it is great. It is a collection of letters shared between an American author and an English book seller. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ellen Jenkins
This is just a book of correspondence with employees and owners of a bookstore starting after WWII and continues up through the sixties. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Arnold
What a wonderful, humorous and delightful book! This is a very short book full of letters starting in 1949 between the author Hanff who is in New York, and a London bookstore,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. J. Christensen
one of those books which is truly touching and very moving. what a story of two great friends whom were able to connect despite the distances. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
Read this book many years ago and recommended it to my book club. So, I am enjoying it once again. The movie was excellent, also. Ann Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. Perfect.Published 2 months ago by elaine s clarke