One of my favourite haunts in London is Charing Cross Road.
Long before the American writer Helene Hanff immortalised the street in 84 Charing Cross Road, the area enjoyed a storied association with the tow ’ s literary scene and its accompanying book trade.
In its 1950s heyday, denizens of the nearby drinking dens of Soho, from Dylan Thomas to Auberon Waugh, would stagger from shop to shop, scanning the heaving shelves.One of those shops was Marks& Co., the matte of this review, a well-known antiquarian bookseller located at Cambridge Circus- 84 Charing Cross Road, London.
On ct 5, 1949, a Miss Helene Hanff, from New York ity, USA saw their ad in the Saturday Review of Literature.
I am a poor writer with an antiquarian taste in books and all the guys I want are impossible to get over here except in very expensive rare editions, or in Barnes& Noble 's grimy, marked-up school-boy copies.I enclose a list of my most pressing problems.
For 20 years Helene maintains correspondence with Marks& Co., and particulalry with Frank.
Every an, woman and child was given a ration book with coupons.
As shortages increased, long queues became commonplace.For many years, until the beginnin of food rationing, Helene sent the employees of Marks& Co. food parcels.
I do wonder if I am a reincarnate of sorts.- Me ( taken Oct 2014) and Helene- a similarity, do n't you think? [ As an aside, there is an enchanting exchange of letters between Helene Hanff and a fan that is refreshing to read, and demonstrates the type of gir that Helene was.
Marks& Co. have long gone, and 84 Charing Cross Road has been many things since; a wine shop, a cafe, to name but a few.
There is also a plaque in the US, at Charing Cross House, 305 East 72nd Street, New York, where Helene Hanff once lived.- Plaques in the UK and USThis afternoon I read the eviews of this essa by GR friends.