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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Apr 19, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: His comments stayed in my mind while I happily made the switch from snail mail to electronic. I just loved this gem of 884 book. The lost art of letter writing, but amazing how much we can tell of the relationship between the author in New York and a bookstore in London.

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February 27, at 3: My 48 refuge was the wonderful local library, where I came upon 84 Charing Cross Road. Made me want to go out and buy a brand new gorgeous stationary set and write my friends some letters.

Delightful, charming and wistfully old fashioned. But what I love most of all is the portrait that emerges of Hanff herself. Thank you very much indeed for getting me this treat Mr Magrs! Told girlfriend she should have spoken up, we would have floated her some cash charlng go see her friends.

January 18, at 1: 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.


Book Review: 84 Charing Cross Road

Dec 04, Pradnya K. Hanff keeps threatening to visit, but never makes it: In they housed a Med Kitchen restaurant; and now form part of a McDonald’s restaurant. The correspondence that Helene Hanff engaged in seemed as a precursor to goodreads as she discussed books with otherwise strangers on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hnff have yet to see the film, but it is on my To Be Seen list.

Their correspondence spanned twenty years and resulted in a valued friendship. When you lose yourself in the pages of this slender volume, you may question our current state of instant communication through texting, tweeting, and posting your grocery list on Facebook. Ahnff echo the previous comment, both wonderful novels. It has very old grey oak shelves that smell of age and dust going up to the ceiling.

The letters started on October 5, and continued back and forth for almost twenty 20 years. Fun, nostalgic read with a smile. Hanff did finally visit Charing Cross Road and the empty but still standing shop in the summer ofa trip recorded in her book The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. My edition has a preface by Anne Bancroft her husband, Mel Brooks, bought the film rights for her, so she could play Cjaring and an introduction by Juliet Stevenson.

As for New Yorkers, well words fail me in that regar 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.


Hanff was in search of obscure roqd and British literature titles that she had been unable to find in New York City when she noticed an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature. It was a time when cod liver oil and orange juice were essential as vitamin supplements for children and were obtained from the local clinics. Ooooh interesting that helens didnt love Ann Bancroft so much… I will have to be more wary of the film now I think.

It charign a small book, interesting to read. How many countless times have we reaped the 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 because of the connections we’ve made on this site?

When I told her about my stagnating career and fear that time was passing me by, she empathised because she had been through the same thing, at exactly the same age. There has also been a play chring a TV adaptation. This is a novella one would finish in a couple of hours.