84 Charing Cross Road_ Helene Hanff

2016 Feb. 24  04

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84 Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff


‘If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me! I owe it so much.’







p. 49 What a weird world we live in when so beautiful a thing can be owned for life ─ for the price of a ticket to a Broadway movie palace, or 1/50th the cost of having one tooth capped.

p. 86 Yes, we’re still here, getting older and busier but no richer.

p. 108 ‘I’m here,’ I said. ‘I’m in London. I made it.’ But it wasn’t real.

p.113 I felt unreal, knowing I was on my way to that address. I’d bought books from 84 Charing Cross Road for twenty years. I’d made friends there whom I never met. Most of the books I bought from Marks & Co. were probably available in New York. For years, friends had advised me to ‘try O’Malley’s,’ ‘try Dauber & Pine.’ I’d never done it. I’d wanted a link with London and I’d managed it.

p.147 Lying in peaceful St James’s, I realize how much a city’s parks reflect the character of  its people. The parks here are tranquil, quiet, a bit reserved, and I love them.

p. 155 ‘BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Vacancy in the central wash-up of the main kitchen, for female applicants only. Non-residential… Apply in writing to Master of the Household, Buckingham Palace, London SW1.’ Wouldn’t you like to take that job for one day, just to listen to the gossip?

p. 198 I’m always ashamed when I discover how well-read other people are and how ignorant I am in comparison.


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