A few weeks ago when I visited Berkelouw Book Barn, I stumbled across a pair of books that once again convinced me there is something magical about book shops. Soon after we arrived, I picked up a copy of Q’s Legacy, written by my favourite author Helene Hanff. The book is what could be described as a dedication to Oxford professor Arthur Quiller-Couch and his published works on English Literature. He is the reason Helene grew to love literature, the reason she forged her connection with an unsuspecting little London bookshop in 1949 and ended up writing 84 Charing Cross Road - my favourite book ever. A few minutes after picking up Q’s Legacy, I took another book randomly off the shelves entitled Mr Pickwick: A Dickens Potrait. I opened it up and was completely awestruck when I saw that this book had been edited by…none other than Quiller-Couch himself. These books belonged together, so they both came home with me.
There was kindliness about intoxication – there was the indescribable gloss and glamour it gave, like the memories of ephemeral and faded evenings.F. Scott Fitzgerald