The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff is the sequel to a book I read earlier entitled 34 Charing Cross Road. I strongly encourage you to read Charing Cross Road if you intend to read this book in order that it will make sense.
In this memoir, Hanff leaves NYC after her first book, based on her 20 year correspondence with a bookseller in London, has been published and well-received. The trip is one Helene has long dreamed of and she takes-off for England with much anticipation and a shoestring budget.
This short book is a diary of Hanff’s daily experiences. Having never traveled to any extent, it is filled with humorous observations written by a 55-year-old, martini drinking, single female with high expectations and a low tolerance threshold.
I recommend both books; especially for lovers of literature, travel, and history. Hanff doesn’t mince words and that is what I get a kick out of in addition to her knowledge of great books. Enjoy!