The objective is to read an English written book and chat about it at the meetup. It’s a fantastic way for native English speakers to attend to a book club in Madrid, and for Spanish readers to practice and improve their English in an international and relaxed reunion.
84, Charing Cross Road is a 1970 book by Helene Hanff about the twenty-year correspondence between her and Frank Doel, chief buyer of Marks & Co, antiquarian booksellers located at the eponymous address in London, England.
Hanff, in search of obscure classics and British literature titles she had been unable to find in New York City, noticed an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature and first contacted the shop in 1949, and it fell to Doel to fulfill her requests. In time, a long-distance friendship evolved, not only between the two, but between Hanff and other staff members as well, with an exchange of Christmas packages, birthday gifts, and food parcels to compensate for post-World War II food shortages in Britain.