Thursday, 3 January 2013

84 Charing Cross Road – a triumph by Helene Hanff

84 Charing Cross Road is not a new book. It dates back to 1970. But it is a triumph of a book which has stood the test of time very well.  It is based on a true story.  If you haven't ever read it, get it out from the library.  It is a quick and very appealing read.  I am not going to tell you much more about it – but don't be put off by the letter format!  Here it really works!

A couple of quotes from the book:

“Why is it that people who wouldn't dream of stealing anything else think it's perfectly all right to steal books?”

“It's against my principles to buy a book I haven't read, it's like buying a dress you haven't tried on.”

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  1. I would probably buy it just because of the letter format!

  2. That's an interesting book. Thanks for the info (:
    Happy New Year!

  3. I love this book, and its sequel - and as much as I enjoy Anne Bancroft & Anthony Hopkins, I think it's much better than the film version. I've never seen the edition you're showing, though.

    I often think of her comment about weeding out books from her shelves - which I need to do more often myself.

  4. I've loved this book for years - it's one on its own isn't it, not like any other book... I can remember making a pilgrimage to the Charing Cross Rd so I could imagine the setting.

  5. I always found the title intriguing. Will look out for it. Thanks.

  6. Another great book written in letter format is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! I liked it very much so I would definitely consider another written in the same fashion. I've heard of the book before but have not yet had the opportunity to read it. Now my attention is piqued!

  7. Great choice, Carole.
    I loved this book.


  8. Looks interesting... you've piqued my interest and I'm going to have to find this. Thanks!

  9. Sounds very good...thanks for sharing.

    Mine is in the link below.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog


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