Book review: ‘84, Charing Cross Road‘ by Helene Hanff

‘84, Charing Cross Road‘ by Helene Hanff

You’ve probably already seen the movie, but 84 Charing Cross Road comprises the multi-year correspondence between American writer Helene Hanff and the antiquarian London bookshop Marks & Co.

Hanff has a hunger for books that Marks & Co. do their best to satiate. In return, as transatlantic friendships develop, Hanff begins to supply the bookshop staff with delicacies such as fresh eggs and tins of ham that are on ration in post-War England.

The correspondence is witty and affectionate, and a must-read for all book-lovers.

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Richard Carter

Richard Carter is a writer and photo­grapher living in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. He is currently working on a book about looking at the world through Darwin’s eyes.Website · Newsletter · Mastodon · Facebook

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