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I wish we could have the chance of seeing some of them on our TV over here—it wants livening up a bit our TV I mean, not your script. But what I love most of all is the portrait that emerges of Hanff herself. Paperback97 pages. In time, a long-distance friendship developed between the two and between Hanff and other staff members, as well, with an exchange of Christmas packages, birthday gifts and food parcels to help with the post- World War II food shortages in Britain.

Starts out as a purely business relationship we can tell letter by letter as they become more friendly, discussing their families, friends, jobs and other events going on in the world at the time, particularly the rationing that was still in place in London after the war. Soon they’re sharing news of Frank’s family and Hanff’s career.

An easy 5 stars! Even though she is a hard up writer, she is generous to all the staff at the bookshop, building friendships across the Atlantic.

You can read more in number 5 here: While Hanff has got to pay for the air mail and shipping fees, she is happy to do so as it opens a new world of books to her.

I have met someone through its pages that would have otherwise probably remained a stranger for eternity. The correspondence between her and the employees from the bookstore over twenty years was published as a book and got undreamed-of publicity. Just to make things clear, this book has two literary works of Helene Hanff: Highly recommend that you get your hands on both novels and reading them, especially if you are a lover of books.

I must be the only person on the planet who hadn’t already read this one, although I do remember hearing at least part of it serialised on the radio at some stage or other. This was a re-read for me, when I needed a break from a heavier read.


Sent through the mail, in envelopes. As soon as I came across this book on Goodreads and read the blurb, Hanfr could see that all the literary ingredients I look for in a book were there in this series of letters between two individuals. If you needed to be reminded that love of literature is as good a foundation of love of the world as any other ‘religion’, that the people we write to can be closer and dearer to us than those we see day after day – then this really is a helend written to I love this book and love the film they made of it too.

And there are subtle glimpses into history and the changing nature of society: She sends some gifts, mostly eatables, to London as she learns that these things are rationed in London. It is, actually, not entirely unlike what I imagine what would happen if one were to follow the course of a GR-forged correspondence across two decades, only that I hope you folks are all still around to reap the royalty benefits by then.

The author, Helena writes that the antiquarian books are costly and she cannot afford them but if they have her requested books within her budget she’d like to buy them. None of the pen pals ended up amounting to much, but it was thrilling to receive letters from them in the mail. The stuff that seals friendships, even though people are separated by an ocean and dd officially meet–or see each other for the first time only decades later.

’84 Charing Cross Road’ revisited

The letters span twenty years as Ms. In Pictures – the story of love and romance: A beautiful place, but boring.

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84 Charing Cross Road / The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff

She was delighted with her purchases, and quickly replied with payment and a further list of books that she desired. They read all the best sellers, they get through them as fast as possible, I think they skip a lot. 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.

Frank DoelHelene Hanff. Re-reading this little treasury of collected letters made me think perhaps we’ve lost more than just an outdated form of contact. The importance of small kindnesses is demonstrated throughout, and both books are absolutely lovely. Now, tied down domestically and cut off from London, I felt myself sinking into oblivion.


George Martin Eleanor David A proclaimed Anglophile who wrote to employees of the Marks and Company Book Shop in London over a twenty year period, Hanff published her letters in book form as a gift to future readers and letter writers. View all 4 comments. Bought it this afternoon on a whim.

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This ‘little’ book is a collection of the letters between them. The apartment where she lived in NYC has been named Charing Cross House in her honor though the address referred to the London bookshop and a bronze plaque commemorates her residence and authorship.

The company built a good reputation for itself and had famous customers, including Charlie ChaplinGeorge Bernard ShawMichael Footroyalty and public institutions such as universities and the British Museum. I was so delighted to read it. I marveled at their generosity — not just in the gifts they gave one another, but more importantly, their generosity of spirit, crosx they gave so freely of their thoughts, gratitude, wishes, grievances, and forgiveness.

I love reading letters. Whitemore returned to the project to write the screenplay for the film adaptation starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. Ahnff was then horrified to notice that on the invoices that one of the owners was M Cohen. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: 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.

I wasn’t going to do a review of this book, except I have just been alerted to the fact that the film of the book, starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins is showing on UK television tonight, charin 10pm on the Drama hanfff.

Then read the second with amusement. I still think Anne Bancroft was superb now that she’s gone. This sat on my nightstand for a long time. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

May 11, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing.