84, Charing Cross Road

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Published 2007 by Clipper Audio Books (first published 1970
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84, Charing Cross Road

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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.Helene Hanff is enamored by out of print, hard to find British literature.

By chance, Hanff 's upstairs neighbors are British, and they give her the name of Marks and Co. Starting in 1949, Hanff begins writing to Marks' employees requesting new or slightly used second hand copies of all things British, everything from Chaucer to Austen and all rare books in between.

What started as an enquiry becomes a twenty year correspondence with employees at the shop.The main pen pal Hanff wrote to was an employee named Frank Doel.

Even though she was willing to visit London, Hanff 's sincere writing left me with a smile as I envisioned her thrill of opening the letters and packages that emerged from a simple correspondence.

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Helene Hanff is an American writer desperate to fill her reading dreams with editions of books she has trouble finding in the US.

Letters and conversation about books- the beauty of them, the written ords, the jokes- this is a book lover 's dream.

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I laughed a lot harder this time, and even got a little choked up near the beginnin.

Re-reading this little treasury of collected letters made me think perhaps we 've lost more than just an outdated form of contact.

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The lost rt of letter writing, but amazing how much we can tell of the friendship between the author in New York and a bookstore in London.

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Strangers connecting over their mutual love of books.

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The epistolary meanderings of Helene Hanff and Frank Dole are insightful, playful in their coyness, and progressive in their development.

Yet the prose in the letters are n't quite as dry as might be feared.

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