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Duchess of Bloomsbury Street Paperback – January 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1559211444 ISBN-10: 155921144X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell and its subsidiaries; 1 edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155921144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559211444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In a sequel to her book 84, Charing Cross Road, New Yorker Hanff travels to England to meet her pen pals firsthand.

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Helene Hanff is the author of APPLE OF MY EYE, THE DUCHESS OF BLOOMSBURY STREET, LETTER FROM NEW YORK, Q'S LEGACY and UNDERFOOT IN SHOW BUSINESS. She wrote a number of books for young readers the best known being MOVERS AND SHAKERS and TERRIBLE THOMAS. Born in Philadelphia, Helene lived most of her life in New York City.

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She is also so funny.
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Book #40 Read in 2012 The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street This book is the sequel to 84 Charing Cross Road, which I loved.
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Keep it in your purse to read while you are waiting for whatever.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on October 19, 2000
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Perhaps nothing will make you want to see London as much as reading this inspired sequel to "84, Charing Cross Road." Reading this book was like visiting London with a dear friend. I loved the images Helene evoked: entering Claridge's for a fashionable lunch just like Noel Coward's characters; gawking at Elizabeth Barrett's home in Wimpole Street; thrilling at the sight of Dickens' home in Doughty Street; seeing a play at the Old Vic; watching the flag fly at Windsor Castle signalling the Queen is in residence; making a purchase at Harrod's , and so much more. What a great book to read before flying across The Pond yourself.
Duchess chronicles the second part of Helene's story when she finally makes the trip of a lifetime and visits the England she has hungered for all her life. Her meeting with the Doel family and other characters is heartwarming and proves that dreams do come true!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1999
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I first read this book and 84, CHARING CROSS ROAD ten years before visiting London for the first time. Before I made my second trip (this time travelling with my mother), I reread them and all but forced my mother to do the same. So strong an effect did they have on both of us that when we walked past the Kenilworth Hotel and I mentioned to my mother that that was where Helene had stayed, she didn't even ask, "Helene who?" And we were both touched to see that, although Marks and Co. is long gone, there is now a plaque on Charing Cross Road indicating where it once stood, so that all who loved the books can feel a little closer to Helene and Frank.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on March 4, 2001
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Helene Hanff was a writer whose dream was to go to London and experienced the Englishness she read and saw on movies. She yearned to see it for herself,she was unable to do so in her 20 years letters correspondence with Frank. At last, her chance arrived when she was invited to go... This book is more like a sequel to "84 Charing Cross Road", Helene long overdue visit to London. Like her diary, this is a collection of her encounters, thoughts and emotions when she finally stepped foot on London,her feeling for the book store-Marks & Co. and her meeting with Frank's wife,Nora and daughter,Sheila.An enchanting book filled with Helene's passion for London. In this journal, Helene expressed her love for London and books. Accounted her sights and thoughts and answered a few doubts about "84 Charing Cross Road". It's full of brilliant,facetious comments and of course a page-turner!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1998
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When people dream about going somewhere for a very long time, their hopes are often let down when they get there because they have idealized it for so long. This is certainly not the case for Helene Hanff. After the publishing of her correspondance with a London second-hand bookshop,(titled "84 Charring Crossroad"), Ms. Hanff finally visits her beloved England and feels London's sidewalks beneath her feet. She went looking for the "England of English Literature", and it was indeed there. The truth in this statement unravels with each line of this wonderful book. By the end, one has not only read an account of a trip to England full of humor and happiness, but also met a true kindred spirit who will never be forgotten by her readers.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. F SHAPLEY on August 30, 2000
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After reading "84 Charing Cross Road" and now "The Dutchess of Bloomsbury Street" , I can't understand why Helene never made it as a writer. She is a master wordsmith that learned well from her mentors John Dunne etc... This travelogue is a true gem. Helene takes us along on her quirky trip through London and the countryside; introduces us to the new personalities and phobias and makes us feel we're there with her. As she portrayed herself in "84", Helene Hanff is no shrinking violet and takes to her new celebrity well. I think we've all known people like Helene Hanff. Thank God her "literature" lives on for through these pages, she is still us... Horray !!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
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I loved Hanff's book, 84 Charing Cross Road, and I have to say this sequel to the story is fantastic. Hanff was a witty, intelligent, and incredibly well read writer who does not mince words. Her opinions are stated without apologies, and even if you don't always agree with her assessments of literature, history, and England, you have to admire her for telling things like they are or rather were in 1971. Despite the nearly 30 years, her observations do not come across as dated or trite but sharp and, I believe, useful for any traveler venturing to London. Even if you never get over to the U.K., this book offers a vicarious thrill for those who (like myself) dream of doing and seeing exactly what Hanff did in London. Only complaint, the book is too short!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bookmoser@aol.com on November 24, 1998
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How I wish I could have known Helene Hanff. She's the kind of person who enriched the lives of all around her. As her friends in London said, "It was hard to let her go home." When the book was done, I nearly mourned. I wanted to go with her again. Somewhere. Anywhere.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Emilie on November 30, 2005
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For those readers panting to find out what happens to Helene after the publication of her wildly popular "84 Charing Cross Road", this book will satisfy you. HH's romp through London is rewarding, for those of us who are loyal fans know how desperatly she wanted to go there.
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