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Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau

Penrose Halson



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28 February 2017
Biography; True stories; Social & cultural history; Service industries; Dating, relationships, living together & marriage
In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined twenty-four-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, decided to open a marriage bureau. They found a tiny office on London's Bond Street and set about the delicate business of match-making. Drawing on the bureau's extensive archives, Penrose Halson - who many years later found herself the proprietor of the bureau - tells their story, and those of their clients. We meet a remarkable cross-section of British society in the 1940s: gents with a 'merry twinkle', potential fifth-columnists, nervous spinsters, isolated farmers seeking 'a nice quiet affekshunate girl' and girls looking 'exactly' like Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh, all desperately longing to find 'The One'. And thanks to Heather and Mary, they almost always did just that.

A riveting glimpse of life and love during and after the war, Marriages Are Made in Bond Street is a heart-warming, touching and thoroughly absorbing account of a world gone by.
By:   Penrose Halson
Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main Market Ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   262g
ISBN:   9781509822423
ISBN 10:   1509822429
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   28 February 2017
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Penrose Halson's career encompassed teaching, writing, editing and, to her astonishment, becoming first lady Master of a City Livery Company. Her determined mother sent her to the Katharine Allen Marriage & Advice Bureau, of which she became proprietor in 1986. In 1992 it incorporated Heather Jenner's agency. Aged forty-eight she finally delighted her mother by marrying and lives in London with her husband.

Reviews for Marriages Are Made in Bond Street: True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau

The makers of Call The Midwife need look no further for their next television project. Daily Mail I thought this was going to be a frivolous romp through the frolicks of wartime matchmaking and, indeed, it is a book full of charm and hilarity, written in a no-nonsense style by an accomplished writer and storyteller, but it adds up to far more than that. Country Life Glimpse into the matchmaking world of 1940s London with this delightful book. New Day An absorbing story ... the book crackles with insights into the mores of those times. Mail on Sunday A fascinating account The Lady

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