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84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

It all began with a letter enquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road, London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84 Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm, charming, feisty love affair. We follow, in her subsequent letters and in the shop's responses, the trial of one woman's idiosyncratic path through English literature.