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Marriages Are Made in Bond Street

True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau

3.6 based on 113 ratings & 32 reviews on Goodreads.com
Pan

24 March 16
9781447282617
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£8.99
604 mins
Patience Tomlinson

Synopsis

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.

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A fascinating account
The Lady
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.
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Penrose Halson at the Oundle Festival of Literature

Penrose Halson at the Oundle Festival of Literature

  • St Peter's Church,
    St Peter's Church,
    Oundle, Northants PE8 4AL UNITED KINGDOM
  • 16 November 2017 19:45
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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...

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