Helene Hanff #cherish (ed) her 20-year exchange of letters with Frank Doel of booksellers Marks & Co. Their friendship developed over the years, leading her travelling to London after Frank‘s death..a literary pilgrimage for Helene and homage to the dear man who inspired her. Hence, the book Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street, a journal she kept during her wonderful stay in London.
I‘ve read and enjoyed both charming books. #MOvember
Sitting down with a coffee refill, this forever-on-the-TBR selection, and a big sense of optimism that I might actually make it to 24 hours for the first time!! 😬🤞#24in48
Sometimes you read a book that you know is special. At the moment I‘m lucky enough to be reading 2. 😍. I don‘t want to do anything else but read ❤️📚
"A newspaper man I know.....". (I spent some time researching how y'all highlight the passage on the pic, or fade out the part you don't intend, to no avail. Help appreciated!)
First sentence of 84, Charing Cross Road doesn't disappoint: "Your ad in the Saturday Review of Literature says that you specialize in out-of-print books." But the second is MUCH better: "The phrase "antiquarian booksellers" scares me somewhat, as I equate "antique" with expensive. "
Have I mentioned that I have the most wonderful, brilliant, thoughtful #litsylove friends???
Thank you thank you so much for this wonderful surprise @thebluestocking! I can't wait to dive into this! Yes it's been in my TBR for quite awhile and I didn't realize I added it in 3 times! 😂😂😂😅😅
Thank you for making my day, my dear friend! ❤️ 😘😘
I read this on June 8th and gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. If anyone questions how we can form great friendships online with people we haven‘t met, refer them to this book. It‘s a collection of letters between Helene Hanff and the staff at a bookstore in London that starts in 1949 and lasts for 20 years.
Really enjoyed this witty and warm book, the correspondence between an American writer and the staff of Marks & Co, an antiquarian bookshop in London, spanning over two decades.
I‘m going to be in London next weekend for a show and I may have a bit of time to putter around Stratford on the Sunday.
Anything you littens can recommend I do if I do get the time?
Some more #shelflove from my library, this time it‘s part of the front of my #MountTBRStacksOfDoom Since my health crashed awhile ago, it‘s been hard to keep my library organised. Our last child moved out almost 2 months ago so I‘m currently working on the hubby to let me put a corner bookcase in her old room for my TBR Overflow. The rate I read usually, I should have about 3yrs worth of books to get through, my problem is letting them go after!
Thanks Helen , look forward to the books & ... you are killing me with this chocolate Salted Butterscotch & Maple Syrup ! Unreal ! Delicious 😋. All gone 😀. Thankyou X
A neat little volume of actual letters between American writer Helene Hanff and the employees of British bookshop between 1949 and 1969. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartening, sometimes sad. She didn't publish all the letters, so there are few gaps where previous letters are referenced that aren't included, but overall it was an interesting read
This was easily the funniest book that I‘ve read in quite some time! I found that, over the course of reading the letters in it, I came to feel like I knew each of the people writing them. If you enjoy epistolary books, put this one at the top of your reading list. Highly recommended!!
I did some #audiopaperwork this morning and finished listening to 84, Charing Cross Road! I loved the wittiness and somewhat irreverent tone of Hélène‘s letters and the replies she received from London. The fact that the whole situation revolves around books didn‘t hurt either. The ending was bittersweet, but it did not change my feelings about this correspondence. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Books read January 2019.
Just started this one, but I'm already loving it!
Unpopular opinion, but I found this book to be bland and predictable. A friendship that grew through ongoing correspondence, this is a collection of letters, full of obscure book requests and the quirky friendship that blossomed. I like that this is the type of book that can be appreciated by a book lover. I also appreciate how it was retold from a real life correspondence. I have a few friends that started as pen pals and see this as a dying art.
I‘ve been in a reading slump for two weeks now. Help!!!
I just adored this book, and can‘t believe I haven‘t read it before. The first part is a series of letters between Helene in NYC and the titular bookshop in London, spanning 20 years from the late 1940s, then in the early 1970s we hear Helene‘s account of her first ever visit to London, a place she has loved from afar. Maybe one of my favourites of the year....
PS Thanks to @jenniferw88 for the cute penguin card included in the picture.
Evening (re)reading: When in doubt, the answer is always 84, CHARING CROSS ROAD. You‘d be hard-pressed to find a lovelier little book. Have you read this?? If not, you should correct that. It will give you all the feels. ☺️ (Also, the movie with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins is 😭😍😭)
What a cute book about a handful of people, who never met one another, that lived in the US and in England. They wrote cute, humorous, and bookish letters back and forth, which made me giggle and smile throughout the entire book 😊
Makes me wish I could‘ve been around during that time to visit the bookstore on 84, CCR.
On New Year's Day, I will be hosting a read-along of my favorite book. It is an epistolary novel based on the real-life relationship between an NYC woman & a proper London bookshop after WW2. It is a book lovers book and a true joy. Kick off your 2019 reading with a charmer. I will post some prompts and questions here throughout January 1st. I hope you will join us to share the love for this classic.
Charming little (less than 100 pages) epistolary novel of letters between an American book buyer/lover and the employees of a second hand bookstore in London. Set over the course of two decades 1949 to 1969. #centuryreadchallenge
Image is of the London bookstore from the back of the book.