I cannot resist secondhand bookshops, the book sections of charity shops, book stalls at church bring & buy sales, or the book tables at the Southbank every weekend. Any Amount of Books in Charing Cross Road is one of my favourites dating back to my student days in London. The road of course is famous for its bookshops, thanks to Helene Hanff’s novel 84 Charing X Road. Any Amount of Books is at number 56. Number 84 is no longer a bookshop. And the 1987 film starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins tells the love story formed by an exchange of letters between Miss Helene Hanff of New York and Frank Doel of Messrs Marks and Co, seller of rare and secondhand books, at 84 Charing Cross Road. To watch a scene from the film on You Tube, click here.