Hardback Marriages are made in Bond Street : true stories from a 1940s marriage bureau / Penrose Halson.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: London : Macmillan,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781447282624 (hbk.) :
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.
357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm