Marriages are Made in Bond Street True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau: In the summer of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined young women, 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.
Many years later Penrose Halson found herself proprietor of the bureau. Drawing on the original archives this is her absorbing and heartwarming account of their early days and the remarkable cross-section of British society who were their clients. A television series based on the book is in development.
Penrose Halson's career has encompassed teaching, writing, editing and 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. Aged forty-eight she finally delighted her mother by marrying.
Penrose will be in conversation with interviewer and actor Will Thompson.