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The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street A zesty memoir of the celebrated writer s travels to England where she meets the cherished friends from , Charing Cross Road ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Book Lover By Jennifer Kaufman ❤ – 9facts.co.uk Charing Cross Road Basically, this is the follow up of 84, Charing Cross Street After postponing for many years, Helen Hanff finally manages to travel to London just in time for the publication of her book, named above This is the journal she kept while visiting London It was interesting but it did not make me feel anything. A week ago I read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff I found the concept of writing to the same pen pal over a twenty year period to be a refreshing and charming idea for a book That the book has endured for nearly fifty years shows that many share my views of this slim memoir In the comments of the review it was brought to my attention that Hanff had written a follow up to Charing Cross Road Twenty years after she began correspondence, Hanff finally made it to London A friend encourage A week ago I read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff I found the concept of writing to the same pen pal over a twenty year period to be a refreshing and charming idea for a book That the book has endured for nearly fifty years shows that many share my views of this slim memoir In the comments of the review it was brought to my attention that Hanff had written a follow up to Charing Cross Road Twenty years after she began correspondence, Hanff finally made it to London A friend encouraged her to keep a diary The result was The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.Following the positive reception of 84 Charing Cross Road, Deutsch Publications in London invited Helene Hanff to promote the book After twenty years of invitations from the staff of Marks and Company Bookstore and their families, Hanff was finally able to take her trip Her primary contact and friend Frank Doel had tragically died of a heart attack three years earlier but his widow Nora and her daughter Sheila maintained correspondence with Hanff, inviting her to stay with them Hanff decided on a quaint hotel in the heart of London, close to Charing Cross Road, and immediately won over the hotel staff and became an instant friend to all the people she met in London In her five week stay in the city, in addition to seeing Buckingham Palace, The Tower, and Windsor Castle, Hanff became known as the duchess of Bloomsbury Street Writing down all her experiences in a journal, one can only feel empathy for Hanff who would have loved to make her trip to London while Doel was still alive and Marks and Company still open for business She reveled in every moment of her vacation and was sad to return to New York, preferring her time in her newly adopted city.Hanff writes in a witty, humorous style as she invites readers into her life once again If I found 84 Charing Cross Road to be a humorous, intelligent blend, I found The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street to be evenso as I finally experienced Hanff s encounters with the people she only knew through letters during a twenty year period The experience of seeing the sites that she only learned about through literature became a humbling one for Hanff She breathed in the same air once lived by Shakespeare, Donne, Henry, and others, and admitted to not being as well read as some of her acquaintances because she would rather read one book fifty times and memorize it than fifty books one time Yet, Hanff was a natural for London, reveling in its sites, its food, and her new friends and acquaintances If it wasn t for the lack of funding, I could see her remaining in the city indefinitely and becoming an ex patriot Thus, being in London, seeing 84 Charing Cross Road almost felt anticlimactic because the book store was no longer open, and Hanff knew that after her experience came to an end, that she most likely would never return to London.Another review for this book encouraged readers of 84 Charing Cross Road to have a copy of The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street on hand upon finishing the first book Readers would be eager to know if Hanff ever made it to London and what her experiences would be in the city of her dreams For a sequel, Bloomsbury is full of Hanff s now familiar brand of humor and wit that makes it easy to see why she became an instant friend to all who met her in any encounter in her life Usually a writer for not so successful television show, Charing Cross Road and Duchess of Bloomsbury Street were Hanff s only forays into books, leaving me upset because I know I do not have anyof her intimate writing to look forward to The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street left me with a happy taste in my mouth, and I am glad I heeded another reviewer s advice to have it on hand upon completing Charing Cross Road.4 stars 84, Charing Cross Road should have a warning sticker on the cover Be sure to have a copy of The Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street on hand BEFORE beginning this book If you ve read 84, you already know it takes maybe an hour to finish, including bathroom breaks and getting up to brew a cup of tea and maybe trying to make that recipe for Yorkshire pudding, while you re at it You also know it s impossible to read 84 and not want to readof Helene Hanff s writing Certainly you ll be longing t 84, Charing Cross Road should have a warning sticker on the cover Be sure to have a copy of The Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street on hand BEFORE beginning this book If you ve read 84, you already know it takes maybe an hour to finish, including bathroom breaks and getting up to brew a cup of tea and maybe trying to make that recipe for Yorkshire pudding, while you re at it You also know it s impossible to read 84 and not want to readof Helene Hanff s writing Certainly you ll be longing to know what happened to her next And oh, that bittersweet ending you ll want a little antidote on hand to chase away any possible blues.So get yourself a copy of Duchess, and find out what happens when spoiler alert Hanff finally gets to go to London.She writes another awesome book, is what happens This one s a diary okay, it s based on the diary she kept during the course of her visit A little editing never hurt anyone This book s wonderful It s funny and fascinating and touching and engrossing, just like 84 but richer in some ways, because Hanff can give us all sorts of little details a structure like 84 s doesn t leave room for.She s brilliantly insightful at times I don t know where I was I could find no name to the street, I m not even sure it was a street It was a kind of enclosed courtyard, a cul de sac behind Clarence House and St James s Palace A footstep is loud and you stand without moving, almost without breathing There is no reek of money here, only the hallowed hush of privilege.And sometimes she s just her usual wry, witty self Somewhere along the way I came upon a mews with a small sign on the entrance gate addressed to the passing world The sign orders flatly COMMIT NO NUISANCETheyou stare at that, theterritory it covers.Read this book if you re a New Yorker I am so tired of being told what a terrible place New York is to live in by people who don t live there.or if you re addicted to reading and love to hear the confessions of another bookaholic I m always so ashamed when I discover how well read other people are and how ignorant I am in comparison If you saw the long list of famous books and authors I ve never read you wouldn t believe it My problem is that while other people are reading fifty books I m reading one book fifty times I can relate to that far too well Read this book It s lovely, it s lovable, and it s less than 150 pages Just be sure to read 84, Charing Cross Road first Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with you ll just have to read this for yourself, to understand I m not a particularly emphatic person, when it comes to experiences I haven t personally gone through But the fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms Hanff getting to see the Englad she d dreamed about forever was unexpected, to say the least It s not like I don t recall going around London all googly eyed, and Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with you ll just have to read this for yourself, to understand I m not a particularly emphatic person, when it comes to experiences I haven t personally gone through But the fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms Hanff getting to see the Englad she d dreamed about forever was unexpected, to say the least It s not like I don t recall going around London all googly eyed, and swooning over everyone s amazing British accent And yet, the author s attitude only served to make me all stressed about her ending up penniless somewhere in a ditch.See, I have NEVER gone on a trip without making sure to have enough money and THEN some, for any emergency Meaning I plan for the Armageddon taking place at the precise moment the president Queen decides to ask ME to save the world It s up to the two of us to do something, and she s better at managing.Seeing Ms Hanff plan her stay by winging things as long as her money lasted, made me break out in cold sweat She didn t even buy a return ticket, hoping to make things last indefinitely Add to that the fact, that she started budgeting around getting invited to free dinners I think I must ve died of shame at least 5 times, in her place Yes, I have a LOOOOOT of issues And I m also very jealous Happy Of course, I did often stop to remind myself that all this happened over 40 years ago, where not every second person was an axe murderer in disguise And that during these times it was perfectly OK to instruct one s editor to pass through all dinner invitations Or, erm was it Things looked slightly better, when it came to the tourist sights, but even there Ms Hanff was a muchcultured specimen than I could ever hope to be My interest in Oxford lay solely in the awesome architecture, along with a hefty dose of fangirling in Christchurch College s Hall insert witty Harry Potter movie reference What did I care about some guy who had once taught religion in one of those buildings Score 3 5 starsFor all that I ve spent this entire review moaning and moping around, objectively speaking there was nothing to dislike here The narration is brisk and funny, the pacing is alert, all London aficionados can get a piece or two for reminiscing purposesThe excitement from the prequel was gone, however And without that, the book turned into just another non fiction account like any other And I prefer my novels to be fiction See my review for 84, Charring Cross Road

    ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Book Lover By Jennifer Kaufman ❤ – 9facts.co.uk Charing Cross Road Basically, this is the follow up of 84, Charing Cross Street After postponing for many years, Helen Hanff finally manages to travel to London just in time for the publication of her book, named above This is the journal she kept while visiting London It was interesting but it did not make me feel anything. A week ago I read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff I found the concept of writing to the same pen pal over a twenty year period to be a refreshing and charming idea for a book That the book has endured for nearly fifty years shows that many share my views of this slim memoir In the comments of the review it was brought to my attention that Hanff had written a follow up to Charing Cross Road Twenty years after she began correspondence, Hanff finally made it to London A friend encourage A week ago I read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff I found the concept of writing to the same pen pal over a twenty year period to be a refreshing and charming idea for a book That the book has endured for nearly fifty years shows that many share my views of this slim memoir In the comments of the review it was brought to my attention that Hanff had written a follow up to Charing Cross Road Twenty years after she began correspondence, Hanff finally made it to London A friend encouraged her to keep a diary The result was The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.Following the positive reception of 84 Charing Cross Road, Deutsch Publications in London invited Helene Hanff to promote the book After twenty years of invitations from the staff of Marks and Company Bookstore and their families, Hanff was finally able to take her trip Her primary contact and friend Frank Doel had tragically died of a heart attack three years earlier but his widow Nora and her daughter Sheila maintained correspondence with Hanff, inviting her to stay with them Hanff decided on a quaint hotel in the heart of London, close to Charing Cross Road, and immediately won over the hotel staff and became an instant friend to all the people she met in London In her five week stay in the city, in addition to seeing Buckingham Palace, The Tower, and Windsor Castle, Hanff became known as the duchess of Bloomsbury Street Writing down all her experiences in a journal, one can only feel empathy for Hanff who would have loved to make her trip to London while Doel was still alive and Marks and Company still open for business She reveled in every moment of her vacation and was sad to return to New York, preferring her time in her newly adopted city.Hanff writes in a witty, humorous style as she invites readers into her life once again If I found 84 Charing Cross Road to be a humorous, intelligent blend, I found The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street to be evenso as I finally experienced Hanff s encounters with the people she only knew through letters during a twenty year period The experience of seeing the sites that she only learned about through literature became a humbling one for Hanff She breathed in the same air once lived by Shakespeare, Donne, Henry, and others, and admitted to not being as well read as some of her acquaintances because she would rather read one book fifty times and memorize it than fifty books one time Yet, Hanff was a natural for London, reveling in its sites, its food, and her new friends and acquaintances If it wasn t for the lack of funding, I could see her remaining in the city indefinitely and becoming an ex patriot Thus, being in London, seeing 84 Charing Cross Road almost felt anticlimactic because the book store was no longer open, and Hanff knew that after her experience came to an end, that she most likely would never return to London.Another review for this book encouraged readers of 84 Charing Cross Road to have a copy of The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street on hand upon finishing the first book Readers would be eager to know if Hanff ever made it to London and what her experiences would be in the city of her dreams For a sequel, Bloomsbury is full of Hanff s now familiar brand of humor and wit that makes it easy to see why she became an instant friend to all who met her in any encounter in her life Usually a writer for not so successful television show, Charing Cross Road and Duchess of Bloomsbury Street were Hanff s only forays into books, leaving me upset because I know I do not have anyof her intimate writing to look forward to The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street left me with a happy taste in my mouth, and I am glad I heeded another reviewer s advice to have it on hand upon completing Charing Cross Road.4 stars 84, Charing Cross Road should have a warning sticker on the cover Be sure to have a copy of The Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street on hand BEFORE beginning this book If you ve read 84, you already know it takes maybe an hour to finish, including bathroom breaks and getting up to brew a cup of tea and maybe trying to make that recipe for Yorkshire pudding, while you re at it You also know it s impossible to read 84 and not want to readof Helene Hanff s writing Certainly you ll be longing t 84, Charing Cross Road should have a warning sticker on the cover Be sure to have a copy of The Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street on hand BEFORE beginning this book If you ve read 84, you already know it takes maybe an hour to finish, including bathroom breaks and getting up to brew a cup of tea and maybe trying to make that recipe for Yorkshire pudding, while you re at it You also know it s impossible to read 84 and not want to readof Helene Hanff s writing Certainly you ll be longing to know what happened to her next And oh, that bittersweet ending you ll want a little antidote on hand to chase away any possible blues.So get yourself a copy of Duchess, and find out what happens when spoiler alert Hanff finally gets to go to London.She writes another awesome book, is what happens This one s a diary okay, it s based on the diary she kept during the course of her visit A little editing never hurt anyone This book s wonderful It s funny and fascinating and touching and engrossing, just like 84 but richer in some ways, because Hanff can give us all sorts of little details a structure like 84 s doesn t leave room for.She s brilliantly insightful at times I don t know where I was I could find no name to the street, I m not even sure it was a street It was a kind of enclosed courtyard, a cul de sac behind Clarence House and St James s Palace A footstep is loud and you stand without moving, almost without breathing There is no reek of money here, only the hallowed hush of privilege.And sometimes she s just her usual wry, witty self Somewhere along the way I came upon a mews with a small sign on the entrance gate addressed to the passing world The sign orders flatly COMMIT NO NUISANCETheyou stare at that, theterritory it covers.Read this book if you re a New Yorker I am so tired of being told what a terrible place New York is to live in by people who don t live there.or if you re addicted to reading and love to hear the confessions of another bookaholic I m always so ashamed when I discover how well read other people are and how ignorant I am in comparison If you saw the long list of famous books and authors I ve never read you wouldn t believe it My problem is that while other people are reading fifty books I m reading one book fifty times I can relate to that far too well Read this book It s lovely, it s lovable, and it s less than 150 pages Just be sure to read 84, Charing Cross Road first Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with you ll just have to read this for yourself, to understand I m not a particularly emphatic person, when it comes to experiences I haven t personally gone through But the fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms Hanff getting to see the Englad she d dreamed about forever was unexpected, to say the least It s not like I don t recall going around London all googly eyed, and Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with you ll just have to read this for yourself, to understand I m not a particularly emphatic person, when it comes to experiences I haven t personally gone through But the fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms Hanff getting to see the Englad she d dreamed about forever was unexpected, to say the least It s not like I don t recall going around London all googly eyed, and swooning over everyone s amazing British accent And yet, the author s attitude only served to make me all stressed about her ending up penniless somewhere in a ditch.See, I have NEVER gone on a trip without making sure to have enough money and THEN some, for any emergency Meaning I plan for the Armageddon taking place at the precise moment the president Queen decides to ask ME to save the world It s up to the two of us to do something, and she s better at managing.Seeing Ms Hanff plan her stay by winging things as long as her money lasted, made me break out in cold sweat She didn t even buy a return ticket, hoping to make things last indefinitely Add to that the fact, that she started budgeting around getting invited to free dinners I think I must ve died of shame at least 5 times, in her place Yes, I have a LOOOOOT of issues And I m also very jealous Happy Of course, I did often stop to remind myself that all this happened over 40 years ago, where not every second person was an axe murderer in disguise And that during these times it was perfectly OK to instruct one s editor to pass through all dinner invitations Or, erm was it Things looked slightly better, when it came to the tourist sights, but even there Ms Hanff was a muchcultured specimen than I could ever hope to be My interest in Oxford lay solely in the awesome architecture, along with a hefty dose of fangirling in Christchurch College s Hall insert witty Harry Potter movie reference What did I care about some guy who had once taught religion in one of those buildings Score 3 5 starsFor all that I ve spent this entire review moaning and moping around, objectively speaking there was nothing to dislike here The narration is brisk and funny, the pacing is alert, all London aficionados can get a piece or two for reminiscing purposesThe excitement from the prequel was gone, however And without that, the book turned into just another non fiction account like any other And I prefer my novels to be fiction See my review for 84, Charring Cross Road"/>
  • Paperback
  • 137 pages
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
  • Helene Hanff
  • English
  • 22 July 2017
  • 0380006340

About the Author: Helene Hanff

Helene Hanff April 15, 1916 April 9, 1997 was an American writer Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is best known as the author of the book 84 Charing Cross Road, which became the basis for a play, teleplay, and film of the same name.Her career, which saw her move from writing unproduced plays to helping create some of the earliest television dramas to becoming a kind of professional New Yorker, goes far beyond the charm of that one book She called her 1961 memoir Underfoot in Show Business, and it chronicled the struggle of an ambitious young playwright to make it in the world of New York theatre in the 1940s and 1950s She worked in publicists offices and spent summers on the straw hat circuit along the East Coast of the United States, writing plays that were admired by some of Broadway s leading producers but which somehow never saw the light of day.She wrote and edited scripts for a variety of early television dramas produced out of New York, all the while continuing to try and move from being what she called one of the 999 out of 1,000 who don t become Noel Coward When the bulk of television production moved to California, her work slowly dried up, and she turned to writing for magazines and, eventually, to the books that made her reputation.First published in 1970, the epistolary work 84 Charing Cross Road chronicles her 20 years of correspondence with Frank Doel, the chief buyer for Marks Co., a London bookshop, on which she depended for the obscure classics and British literature titles around which her passion for self education revolved She became intimately involved in the lives of the shop s staff, sending them food parcels during England s post war shortages and sharing with them details of her life in Manhattan.Due to financial difficulties and an aversion to travel, she put off visiting her English friends until too late Doel died in December 1968 from peritonitis from a burst appendix, and the bookshop eventually closed Hanff did finally visit Charing Cross Road and the empty but still standing shop in the summer of 1971, a trip recorded in her 1973 book The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.In the 1987 film of 84 Charing Cross Road, Hanff was played by Anne Bancroft, while Anthony Hopkins took the part of Frank Doel Anne Jackson had earlier played Hanff in a 1975 adaptation of the book for British television Ellen Burstyn recreated the role on Broadway in 1982 at the Nederlander Theater in New York City.She later put her obsession with British scholar Sir Arthur Quiller Couch to use in a book called Q s Legacy Other books include Apple of My Eye, an idiosyncratic guide to New York City, and A Letter from New York 1992 , which reprinted talks she gave on the BBC s Woman s Hour between 1978 and 1985.Hanff was never shy about her fondness for cigarettes and martinis, but nevertheless lived to be 80, dying of diabetes in 1997 in New York City The apartment building where she lived at 305 E 72nd Street has been named Charing Cross House in her honor A bronze plaque next to the front door commemorates her residence and authorship of the book.


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