When American Helen spies an advert for an English bookshop that has the books she wants, she goes shopping via airmail. A lifelong correspondence springs up as she buys more books and learns about the lives of the proprietor, Frank Doel, his employees and England, while they learn about life in America.  The book the reproduction of their correspondence in which Helen also learns about England’s problems with rationing and starts saving frantically to take a trip to 84 Charing Cross Road. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street  is the diary of that trip upon publication of 84 Charing Cross Road.  This was made into an iconic film starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins.  A very memorable book.