Q's Legacy

Q's Legacy

Book - 1986
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This memoir tells the remarkable story of how Helene Hanff came to write 84, Charing Cross Road , and how its success changed her. Hanff recalls her serendipitous discovery of a volume of lectures by a Cambridge don, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. She devoured Q's book, and, wanting to read all the books he recommended, began to order them from a small store in London at 84, Charing Cross Road.

Thus began a correspondence that became an enormously popular book, play, television production, and movie, and that finally led to the trip to England -- and a visit to Q's study -- that she recounts in this exuberant memoir. Hanff pays her debt to her mentor and shares her joyous adventures with her many fans.

"Reading Helene Hanff's book is like making a new friend -- a charming, wise, and funny one." -- Betty Rollin

"A potpourri . . . easy and assured . . . A delightful companion for the odd hour." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Hanff's charm is such that when she exults . . . we exult right along with her." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1986, c1985
ISBN: 9780140089363
Branch Call Number: B HANFF
Characteristics: 177 p. ; 20 cm


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Jul 02, 2016

Another memoir from Hanff that gives us some background on her life and her lifelong interest in reading. I found this amusing in spots and well written like her two other books that I've read. Her diary of her return trips to London and meeting old and new friends was particularly interesting.

Dec 04, 2012

This is a memoir of how Hanff came to love classic books, writing her "goofy" letters to Frank Doel at Marks & Co, and all of the fame and adventure that "84, Charing Cross Road" brought to her. She is as charming in this book as she was in "84, Charing Cross Road."


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