A Writer’s Notebook

I had a delightful evening at Reader’s Feast Bookstore at 162 Collins St Melbourne last night. It was a special event as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week. Debra Lawrence and Mark Lee, two of Australia’s finest actors, read selected letters from Helen Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road. Mary Dalmau, General Manager of Reader’s Feast said: ‘This event is our contribution to Melbourne Rare Book Week and this year we once again present this much-loved reading from Helene Hanff’s book. I first saw this performed in Chicago in 1991 and feel very proud to include it in our calendar of events.’ It was a sell-out event and I am so glad to have been invited to attend. The book is on my shelf and a much loved favourite. I was envious when an audience member said they have a first edition of 84 Charing Cross Road. I think it’s time for me to re-read this much loved classic.

Best, Elise x

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