84 Charing Cross Road Author:Helene Hanff It all began in 1949 with a letter enquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road, London. As Helene's warm and witty letters gradually break down the reserve of bookseller Frank Doel, a friendship across the miles flourishes, lasting twenty years.
Ok, I'm not one for flourishing adjectives, but this book truly is delicious. I first picked up "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" at the local library, loved it, and then it was suggested to me to read "84, Charing Cross Road." What a treat! This is a collection of real letters between NYC writer Helene Hanff and a small London bookshop in post-WWII society. It gives the reader a good glimpse into the how much, and how little, society and literature has changed. They have since made this into a stage play, a tv special and a movie with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. A wonderful read any day of the year.
When I received the book, I was somewhat disappointed because it was so small. I rarely buy small books because I read so quickly, but I'm so glad I read this one. It a truly captivating story that will stay with me all my years.
It says on the cover, "A 20 year transatlantic love affair by mail." If there is a love affair going on, its with Books. These two people have a wonderful friendship, but there is definitely no love affair going on between them, so I'm disappointed they put that on the cover, although they may have been referring to the books.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone. Its truly magical. There is no way I can part with this one, I'm keeping this on my shelf. :)