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Q's Legacy Paperback – 7 Aug 1986
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She is such a warm person, and I would have loved to have met her, or just written her a letter of thanks for all the hours of pleasure she gives me, reading her books. Hers are books I cherish and reread.
Many thanks again, Ms Hanff!
In “Q’s Legacy” the author tells the story briefly of how she started her serious reading in English Literature by buying and absorbing the essays of Sir Arthur Quiller Couch (known as Q to his students at Cambridge) and following his recommendations and references – it is the books that she needs to follow his line of study that she gets from London. After the publication of her successful book she has a BBC TV production made of the story and a play and attracts a lot of enthusiastic fans all of whom want to show her their London.
The book is a series of anecdotes held together with the idea that everything that happens to the author is as a result of having originally read Q’s essays and that what success she has had is his legacy. It’s amusing and entertaining, especially if you have read “84 Charing Cross Road” – and if you haven’t I definitely recommend it.
Helene is a woman of strong views and great affections but the tone of this memoir is light and it is a very quick read – I think that it is the shortest book I have read in my alphabet challenge. I own all this author’s books, which are memoirs of her life on the edges of showbusiness and the literary world and are written in a deceptively easy to read style.
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