84, Charing Cross Road

While reading reviews of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society I found a lot of comparisons to 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. So I figured I should probably read it. I added it to my library request list and less than a week later I had it in my hands.

I loved it. The only thing I didn't like about it was that I finished it far too quickly. I wanted more!

Hanff starts writing to a bookshop in Britian after WWII. She's trying to find nice copies of books that she wants to read but can't afford to spend much on them. Over the course of several years she develops a friendship with the man who handles her account - Frank. She also develops friendship with other employees who secretely write her.

Hanff goes beyond the mere business/client relationship. Hearing about how bad rations are still in England she orders food packages to be sent to them several times a year. Things like tinned meat and fresh or powdered eggs. She ones managed to have some stockings dropped off by a friend for Frank's wife and daugthers. Any friends of hers that are in England that stop the bookshop are treated like long lost friends.

Great book. Now I need to see the movie.