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84 Charing Cross Road

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84 Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff, book reviewLong before the internet, or even computers, New Yorker Helene Hanff started buying books from Marks & Co. in London, thereby beginning relationships that lasted for decades. Her account of this was made into the book 84 Charing Cross Road.

It is a rare instance when non-fiction reads like fiction, and Helene Hanff’s book 84 Charing Cross Road is exactly one of those exceptions. Long before the age of the Internet and on-line book sellers like Amazon, New York writer Hanff saw an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a second-hand book shop called Marks & Co, which was located on 84 Charing Cross Road, in London, England. As she was in need of some items that were either out of print or unavailable in the USA, on October 5, 1949 she decided to write to them.

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