Thursday, October 11, 2018

Books from the Backlog - Q's Legacy

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!  Today's book is Q's Legacy: A Delightful Account of a Lifelong Affair with Books by Helene Hanff

Blurb:  This is the remarkable story of how Helene Hanff came to write 84, Charing Cross Road, and of all the things its success has brought her. Hanff recalls her serendipitous discovery of a volume of lectures by a Cambridge don, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. She devoured Q’s book, and, wanting to read all the books he recommended, began to order them from a small store in London, at 84, Charing Cross Road. Thus began a correspondence that became an enormously popular book, play and television production, and that finally led to the trip to England – and a visit to Q’s study – that she recounts here. In this exuberant memoir, Hanff pays her debt to her mentor and shares her joyous adventures with her many fans.

Why I Need to Read This Book Soon:  Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road is one of my absolute favorite books and while I didn't enjoy The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street quite as much it was still very good.  No idea why this book has been sitting on my shelf for YEARS.  It's not even very long.  I really have no excuse.  

Do you have any books by favorite authors collecting dust on your shelves?


  1. I have tons of books by authors I enjoy that are sitting on my shelves waiting for my attention!

  2. What a beautiful cover! I do have some books by favorite authors gathering dust on my shelves, Katherine. Two by Mary Roberts Rinehart, a few by Dame Agatha Christie and some by Mary Stewart. I haven't actually read any of her work yet, but was encouraged to do so by another Gothic-suspense lover. :)

  3. While I haven't read any of Hanff's books, I do enjoy learning how things came to be. I hope you love it once you get the chance to read it, Katherine!

  4. I have a ton of Alice Hoffman on my Kindle, but she is so hit and miss with me that I really have to be free of any other needed reading to take the time and chance to read them.