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84, Charing Cross Road (Paperback)
I love a good epistolary novel…a story told in letters. 84, Charing Cross Road is a book of letters written between Hanff, a New Yorker, to a used book dealer in London. Their correspondence began soon after WW2 and continued for 20 years, beginning as a very specific request for books and expanding into a beautiful friendship. I enjoyed this book so much that I followed it up with everything Helene Hanff wrote after it. If you enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you would enjoy this as well. And if you haven’t read that, put that on your list as well!— Kandi West
This charming classic love story, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, at the time, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London at 84, Charing Cross Road. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their relationship, captured so acutely in these letters, is one that has touched the hearts of thousands of readers around the world.
"84, Charing Cross Road will beguile and put you in tune with mankind... It will provide an emollient for the spirit and sheath for the exposed nerve." -- The New York Times
"A unique, throat-lumping, side-splitting treasure." -- San Francisco Examiner
About the Author
Helene Hanff (1915–1997) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the 1940s and ’50s she wrote plays and television scripts in New York City, but found little success until her best-known book, 84, Charing Cross Road, was published in 1970. The book was a smash hit and has been adapted for the radio, stage, film, and television.