The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

Helene Hanff

Nancy Mitford meets Nora Ephron within the pages of The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, Helene Hanff’s pleasant travelogue approximately her “bucket record” journey to London

When committed Anglophile Helene Hanff is invited to London for the English booklet of 84, Charing go Road—in which she stocks twenty years of correspondence with Frank Doel, a British bookseller who turned a pricey friend—she can hardly ever think her success. Frank isn't any longer alive, yet his widow and daughter, in addition to enthusiastic British enthusiasts from all walks of lifestyles, embody Helene as an commemorated visitor. keen hosts, together with a well-known actress and a retired colonel, sweep her up in a whirlwind of performs and dinners, journeys to Harrod’s, and wild jaunts to their favourite corners of the geographical region.

A New Yorker who isn’t afraid to talk her brain, Helene Hanff provides an outsider’s humorous but marvelous portrait of idiosyncratic Britain at its top. And no matter if she is strolling around the Oxford collage courtyard the place John Donne used to tread, vacationing Windsor fortress, or telling a British barman tips to make a true American martini, Helene constantly wears her middle on her sleeve. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street isn't just a witty account of 2 diversified worlds colliding but additionally a love letter to England and its literary heritage—and a party of the written word’s energy to maintain us, delivery us, and unite us.

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