This memoir tells the remarkable story of how Helene Hanff came to write 84, Charing Cross Road, and how its success changed her.
Hanff recalls her serendipitous discovery of a volume of lectures by a Cambridge don, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. She devoured Q’s book, and, wanting to read all the books he recommended, began to order them from a small antiquarian bookshop in London at 84, Charing Cross Road.
Thus began a correspondence that became an enormously popular book, play, television production and film, and that finally led to the trip to England — and a visit to Q’s study — that she recounts in this exuberant memoir. Hanff pays her debt to her mentor and shares her joyous adventures with her many fans.
A Literary Love Affair
I thought I could never feel fond of Charing Cross Road. In 1988, when I was 23, I spent a miserable three months there doing a ‘Sight and Sound’ typing course on the bleak first floor of a...Read more
Going for the Thing
One day in May 1944, with the harbour of Fowey packed with vessels of all shapes and sizes ready for the invasion of France, Mr Spreadbury, our history master, turned up in a gown with very...Read more