Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road (1970)

 

“WHAT KIND OF A PEPY’S DIARY DO YOU CALL THIS?”

84 Charing Cross Road proved the perfect antidote to Housekeeping’s chilling effect on me. This twenty-year correspondence between an American writer and a British bookseller contains warmth, generosity, friendship and feeling in abundance.  It is a book about human connection, particularly the way we sometimes make connections in unexpected places. It’ll restore your faith in humanity if you’re feeling jaded.  I cried at the end, but in a good way.

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