Penrose Halson at Henley on Thames Literary Festival

Penrose Halson at Henley on Thames Literary Festival
  • The Town Hall
    The Town Hall
  • 27/09/2016 02:30 - 27/09/2016 03:30


Marriages Are Made in Bond Street In 1939 two young women opened a marriage bureau in a tiny office on Bond Street, where they set about the delicate business of matchmaking. Decades later, Penrose became proprietor of the bureau and now she tells their story in conversation with Festival regular, Lucy Cavendish. She reveals a world of gents with a merry twinkle, nervous spinsters, friendless farmers and girls looking 'exactly like Vivien Leigh', all desperately searching for 'the one'.

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. She is the author of Marriages Are Made in Bond Street.