84, Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road

Book - 1970
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Publisher: New York, Grossman Publishers, 1970
ISBN: 9780670290734
0670290734
Branch Call Number: 816.5 Han br 1 73 ha 20.00
816.5 Han li 1 87 ha Avon Books 70 10.00
816.5 Han wh 1 81 pb Avon Books 70 10.00
Characteristics: 97 p. 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Doel, Frank
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phantomas
Jun 24, 2018

This book is about self-education, in Hanff's case she found Q's list of books she should read, and Doel found the books for her. This book is also about friendship, bookselling, and writing. The funny thing is that the publisher published her address almost on every other page, so that when the book first came out, many people wrote to her. What a spirit. What a friendship. What a gem. Read the sequel - The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.

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diannehildebrand
Sep 27, 2017

A lovely little book. A collection of letters between New York writer Helene Hanff and a London bookseller in the 1950s and 60s. The New York Times says "It will provide an emollient for the spirit and a sheath for the exposed nerve." This is exactly what it did for me today.

LPL_MeredithW Apr 11, 2017

A small, perfect collection of letters exchanged by a book-buyer and bookseller over the course of more than two decades. An instant new favorite!

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Marnolia
Jul 15, 2016

Quick read. Book of letters sent back and forth between a writer in New York to a bookshop in London spanning 20+ years after WWII. Enjoyed the sarcasm, the love of books, and the friendship that developed over the years through the letters that were shared.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 13, 2015

This wonderful, concise volume unfolds a universe of human connection and love of books encompassed in a series of letters exchanged between a New York writer and a small bookshop in London. The letters were written between 1949 and 1969, and manage to compactly convey depths of longing, regret, love, and friendship.

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grammaE
Oct 21, 2015

Loved the book, loved the movie.

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becker
Apr 03, 2015

A charming little book of letters that span two decades between a book shop in London and one of it's American customers. It's the perfect size to read in one afternoon.

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kristikaye
Nov 23, 2014

This is an interesting book, but not my cup of tea. After reading the reviews here and elsewhere, I thought it would be better. I did list some books the author had requested I'd like to read, which was a plus.

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KCO
May 05, 2014

I've re-read this book many times and it never looses its charm. Through the letters from Helene Hanff and Frank Doel the reader will discover new authors to read, a sense of life in post-war Britain, and how readers connect to each other. This is a wonderful book.

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pronto1961
Jul 11, 2013

thoroughly enjoyable but I kept wishing there were more letters.

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phantomas
Jun 24, 2018

"WHAT KIND OF A PEPYS" DIARY DO YOU CALL THIS? this is not Pepys' diary, this is some busybody editor's miserable collection of EXCERPTS from Pepys' diary may he rot. i could just spit. where is jan. 12, 1668, where his wife chased him out of bed and round the bedroom, with a red-hot poker? where is sir w. pen's son that was giving everybody so much trouble with his Quaker notions? ONE mention does he get in this whole pseudo-book, and me from Philadelphia. 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. -Oct. 15, 1951

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