This book is the very simple story of the love affair between Miss Helene Hanff of New York and Messrs Marks and Co, sellers of rare and secondhand books, at 84 Charing Cross Road, London'. DAILY TELEGRAPHTold in a series of letters in 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD and then in diary form in the second part THE DUCHESS OF BLOOMSBURY STREET, this true story has touched the hearts of thousands.
Helene Hanff wrote letters all her life as well as being the author of many books for children and articles for the New Yorker and Harper's. 84 Charing Cross Road was made into a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft. Hanff died in 1997.