84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff


“This charming classic, first published in 1970, brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writing living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London. Through the years, though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. Their relationship, captured so accurate for these letters, is one that will grab your heart and not let go.”

-Synopsis from back cover


Cover image from StoryGraph

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff is such a delightful book. I have always loved when stories are told in the form of letters, and to have an entire book that consists solely of correspondence was so fun.

Helene’s letters are equal parts humorous and poignant as she shares the ups and downs of her life in the 70s in New York City. She goes out of her way to support her new friends in England, and over time gets to know each of them better through their letters. I won’t reveal too much since it really is such a short story, but it had me smiling at the end which is always a good thing.

If you enjoy books about books and reading, especially stories that include correspondence, this would be a great book for you.

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