84 Charing Cross Road (out of print)
Cover design by Marion Dorn It all began in 1949 with a letter enquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road, London. As Helene's warm and witty letters gradually break down the reserve of bookseller Frank Doel, a friendship across the miles flourishes, lasting twenty years. No doubt it would have continued, but in 1969 the firm's secretary wrote to let Helene know of Frank's death. 'If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road', Helene later writes to a London-bound friend, 'kiss it for me. I owe it so much.'
'A lovely new edition of this classic title' Good Book Guide 'A must for anyone who reads ? the correspondence between book lover Helen Hanff and Messers Marks & Cross of Charing Cross Road has been reissued.' Daily Express 'Unmitigated delight from cover to cover' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A real-life love story ... A timeless period piece. Do read it' WALL STREET JOURNAL 'A Charmer. Will beguile an hour of your time and put you in tune with mankind' NEW YORK TIMES 'It is difficult, if not impossible, to start this book without finishing it ... this lovely volume reveals an awful lot about what books provide: a way of reaching out across time and space to friends and strangers' Anne Bancroft
Helene Hanff wrote letters all her life as well as being the author of many books for children and articles for the NEW YORKER and HARPER'S. She died in 1997.