Get Your Premium Membership

84 Charing Cross Road

It did not cost a fortune and gave her so much joy I sent a book to a lovely friend ‘twas second hand though good as new I love the odour I love the look I love to hold a second hand book Reminds me of a film I saw about a man named Frank he ran a second hand bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road A labour of love for many years a commemorative plaque now marks the spot True tale I’m told of a New York gal Helene Hanff her name Over twenty years she wrote to Frank requesting books so rare He found for her the books she yearned the words she loved deep friendship theirs as each and every book he wrapped with tenderness and loving care But sad to say they never met... Frank died in ‘68 a bond was made by books she craved their story in this film was made But I digress and must impress these words I need to say Please never throw a book away when at the end give to a friend It will truly make their day… Written 5th August 2020 84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff, is an entertaining, evocative and moving collection of letters sent by the author, from her home in New York, to the staff at an antiquarian bookshop in London. Their correspondence spanned twenty years and resulted in a valued friendship. 84, Charing Cross Road is about love of books and words, and friendship. .... Such was their fate that Helene Hanff and Frank Doel never met. Frank died in December 1968 from peritonitis from a burst appendix, and the bookshop eventually closed. Helen Hanff did visit London in 1971 when she met Frank’s widow. Contest Strand Completely New (17) Sponsor Brian Strand FIRST PLACE

Copyright © | Year Posted 2020




Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 8/5/2020 7:25:00 PM
Friendship over 20 years makes one family.....Beautiful...Congratulations on your win Ann....you make a committed friend.
Login to Reply
Gilmour Avatar
Ann Gilmour
Date: 8/6/2020 4:22:00 PM
Thank you so much Carol, how nice to meet you and thanks for your lovely words and congrats. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 8/5/2020 5:12:00 PM
Ann, that is one of my very favorite stories. You have done a suburb job bringing this amazing relationship to light again! Thank you for reminding me of my love for books and friends and letters! Congratulations! Blessings my friend! This is a fav!
Login to Reply
Gilmour Avatar
Ann Gilmour
Date: 8/6/2020 4:21:00 PM
I love it too Sam and I have just ordered her book as writing this has brought it all back to me, such a sweet film ~ I loved it. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 8/5/2020 5:06:00 PM
Ann always love seeing your pieces in the top of the contests congrats my friend!:)
Login to Reply
Gilmour Avatar
Ann Gilmour
Date: 8/6/2020 4:19:00 PM
Oh bless you dear Brenda and thank you. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 8/5/2020 3:34:00 PM
Sounds like a film I need to watch. Love your poem, Ann, a real tribute to real books, and long-distance friendships. Kind of like those on Soup! Congratulations for the #1 win, my friend ~ John
Login to Reply
Gilmour Avatar
Ann Gilmour
Date: 8/6/2020 4:18:00 PM
Many thanks John though it seems I am the only person who saw the film, haha... I loved it so I hope you do too. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 8/5/2020 1:10:00 PM
So is it biblio-feel or biblio-file? Aloha! Rico
Login to Reply
Gilmour Avatar
Ann Gilmour
Date: 8/5/2020 1:47:00 PM
It is bibliophile Rico, I word I looked up, as I had not heard it before, so thank you for that my friend. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 8/5/2020 11:55:00 AM
what an incredible story Ann, so beautifully told!:-) hugs Jan xx
Login to Reply
Gilmour Avatar
Ann Gilmour
Date: 8/5/2020 1:44:00 PM
I know it certainly is a great story Jan. There is an incredible book shop near me that is piled floor to ceiling with old books and I love to visit it. There is something about an old book that I love. Thanks for your comments Jan, with kindest thoughts Ann xx
Date: 8/5/2020 10:48:00 AM
What an amazing story Ann, so sad that they didnt meet in person. Tom
Login to Reply
Gilmour Avatar
Ann Gilmour
Date: 8/5/2020 1:18:00 PM
Yes it is a great story Tom, I saw the film with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft many moons ago, though have never read the book, which I have now ordered. I had started to write my poem about buying my dear friend a second hand book and look where my muse took me, haha... Thank for your support Tom. With kindest thoughts Ann xx