The Marriage Bureau: True Stories from 1940s London Matchmakers

Category: Book
By (author): Halson, Penrose
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Marriage & Long Term Relationships
  FICTION / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: April 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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$ 22.99
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From The Publisher*

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 matchmaking. 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, The Marriage Bureau is a heart-warming, touching and thoroughly absorbing account of a world gone by.

The Marriage Bureau is in development for TV with Carnival Film and Television Ltd, who produced Downton Abbey.