The Marriage Bureau

The Marriage Bureau

True Stories of 1940s London Match-makers

Book - 2017 | First Canadian edition.
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In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined 24-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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443451420
Branch Call Number: 306.7309421 HALSO
Characteristics: 359 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Two determined young matchmakers, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, opened a marriage bureau in London in 1939. Get a glimpse of life in wartime London through the hopes, dreams, expectations, and fears of its citizens looking for husbands and wives.

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