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I call these trips my “sanity check”; they transport me from my ‘dream’ world back to the ‘real’ world. Then follows her meeting with heleje family of the Londoner with whom she had correspondence for nearly twenty years. Just to make things clear, this book has two literary works of Helene Hanff: I had to buy a hard copy as no Kindle edition was roa. His comments stayed in my mind while I happily made the switch from snail mail to electronic.

I’m late to this party, but I highly recommend it — especially the audio. It was at this point that our paths crossed.

’84 Charing Cross Road’ revisited

Slowly, slowly, Hanff’s warm letters melt Doel’s English reserve. Hanff writes a letter to the establishment and receives a warm reply from Frank Doel, the main buyer for the store. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Miss Hanff must have been a wonderful, if eccentric, person.

But in that short duration it makes you smile, fills your heart with pleasure, makes you respond to the kindness, takes you to the old days where reading by fireplace was not a rarity, and brings tears to your eyes bidding final goodbyes to the writers. I laughed aloud in places. Housewives had to register with particular retailers. I loved the pictures peppered here and there.


Helene Hanff April 15, —April 9, was an American writer. At first they referred to each other by names of ma’am and sir, but gradually they grew to use familiar names Helene and Frank. Helene is an American book lover and Frank Doel works for a London bookshop. I loved the bit describing the dogs in Central Park. Trivia About 84, Charing Uanff It illustrates the love of heoene with a passion that cannot be uanff as much as the author might try with her delightful wit.

View all 34 comments. God Bless them wherever they are. Start your free trial. Jun 15, Madeleine rated it really liked it Shelves: THere is no plaque. You see, I feel like I too owe it quite a lot. View all 31 comments.

’84 Charing Cross Road’ revisited – Telegraph

Not too long after that, a letter lobbed to Hanff from the usually reserved Frank contains the line ” Could things get any better? There is a starkness of honesty in this correspondence. And also his music criticism? The phrase ‘antiquarian book-sellers’ scares me somewhat, as I equate ‘antique’ with expensive.

InI had the opportunity to watch the darling, witty film adaptation, and a reread has been on the cards ever since.

There Frank Doel, a very proper English bookseller responds and starts to find and send her books from the lists she sends. Absolutely one of my favourite books now.

In this section she admits that yes, she c I first saw the film based on this collection of letters and reminiscences, and years later was thrilled to find the book in a 2nd hand shop.

This is a book, for and about book charring, to cherish. For those not in the know, as I sat on the floor finishing the last few letters, I became the center pole of a blanket tent being assembled by my three preschool children. Such friendships struck up here are lovely to get a glimpse into, particularly as they progress from one year to the next.


The rapport begins between persons living across the Atlantic.

What a book can do to you They told her to write an essay in Early Anglo-Saxon on any-subject-of-her-own-choosing. There is definitely life in these letters.

I do believe that the slowness of posting letters and awaiting replies enriched their relationship. My only complaint was that it was too dang short.

The former is the correspondence between Helene Hanff a lover of used books an I know it’s kind of pathetic that I continue to re-read books, but I was at a low point several weeks ago and needed something to help cheer me up.

I’ve known about his little gem for so many years, waiting for a special moment to finally dive in. My first book had been published inbut since then each successive project had failed to get off the ahnff.

84 Charing Cross Road / The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

Hanff was never shy about her fondness for cigarettes and martinis, but nevertheless lived to be hanf, dying of diabetes in in New York City. Nov 17, Angela M rated it it was amazing.

I listened to this lovely short audiobook. Helene Hanff meeting the Queen Mother. She first contacted the shop in and it fell to Doel to fulfil her requests. View all 7 comments. The written word connects us all from generation to generation.