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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1+1+1 for 365 day 8: A love story about books

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”  - Paul Sweeney

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Something for bibliophiles, travellers and those who still enjoy the gentle art of letterwriting. This true story about transatlantic friendships that developed as the result of a simple trade enquiry about some books is also a reminder that small things matter and how kindness and simple courtesy affect our lives in many ways.  Furthermore it also tells us quite a bit about  London and New York at the time, although two of her later works go further and focus specifically on the those two cities as they were in the 1970s and 1980s respectively.

From the 1950s until the 1970s, Helen corresponded from New York with Frank Doel, the chief buyer of Marks & Co, an antiquarian bookseller in London.  By the time that she finally visited London, Frank had passed away, but