84 Charing Cross Road / The Petition (BBC Radio Collection)
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84 Charing Cross Road / The Petition (BBC Radio Collection)

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84, Charing Cross Road is a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy. For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather more restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence. In her first letter to Marks & Co., Helene Hanff encloses a wish list, but warns, "The phrase 'antiquarian booksellers' s...more
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Published February 23rd 1993 by BBC Audiobooks (first published 1970)
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A rare story that manages to be touching without being overly sentimental. I find that I sometimes tire of books that are composed entirely of journal entries/letters but this worked well. A quick read--you could finish in an hour or two--this is a bittersweet glimpse of an unlikely correspondence.
Helen Hanff rememora sus recuerdos de una forma genial.
Dos personas que, aunque nunca se vieron, se conocian perfectamente.
Una amistad a traves del paso del tiempo envidiable.
Reetta Saine
Pisteliäs, hauska ja fiilistelevä kirjeromaani amerikkalaisen kirjailijan ja englantilaisen kirjakaupan henkilökunnan yhteydenpidosta. Keskeisintä ovat tietysti kirjat - painokset, sidonta, kansimateriaali, toimitettujen laitosten sisältö, kääntäjien arviointi - mutta mukaan mahtuu myös maailmansodan jälkeistä pula-aikaa sekä pieniä henkilökohtaisia viestejä.

Elokuvaan verrattuna enemmän särmää, vähemmän romanssia ja parempaa kieltä.
I read this book while waiting at the hairdressers and finished it at home this morning. There used to be loads of these antiquarian book shops on Charing Cross but sadly there are less and less of them thanks to amazon and ebay. It casts your mind back to the those difficult post-war times in Britain during the rationing when this unlikely bond was forged from across the pond. Fascinating.
Kathleen Meehan Lorenzo
Very sweet. Enjoyed watching friendships develop over 20 years via letters. Makes me wish for the old days of letter-writing. Will also watch the movie.
I learned that I would love to own a book from England, sounds like they're made with quality materials.
Expresses the love of books that two people share. Very well written.
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