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Marriages are Made in Bond Street

Penrose Halson / Patience Tomlinson
In the spring of 1939 two determined 24-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.

  • Published by Soundings
  • Fiction/Non-FictionNon Fiction
  • Genre History
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 1st September 2016
  • Duration 10 Hrs. 04 Mins.
  • ISBN 9781407963464