In the Spring of 1939 two determined young women, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, set up a marriage bureau in a tiny office in Bond Street. Penrose Halson found herself the proprietor of the bureau years later and drawing on its archives has produced an absorbing account of the bureau's founders and of life and love in the 1940s. "
"'I match people up with all the ardour of a philatelist with his stamps.' Heather Jenner "
"Chatting to Penrose will be historian Anne de Courcy, whose bestselling book The Fishing Fleet paints a rich portrait of the intrepid young women who went husband-hunting in the Raj.
Daunt Books Marylebone
Daunt Books 83 Marylebone High St
10/05/2016 7:00 PM
10/05/2016 8:00 PM
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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.