IN THE UK

Marriages Are Made in Bond Street

True Stories from
a 1940s
Marriage Bureau

by Penrose Halson

Paperback published by
Pan Books February 2017
How to buy

Hardback published by
Macmillan March 2016
How to buy

In April 1939 two 24-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, opened a Marriage Bureau in Bond Street.

They wanted to help expatriate men - soldiers, businessmen, planters of tea and indigo, missionaries, colonial servants - who came to England on leave
to find a wife.

In September 1939 war was declared.

In the growing uncertainty and fear, clients of all kinds sought the Bureau's help. It blossomed into
a national institution.

The book's vivid, funny, sad, poignant vignettes form a microcosm of life during war and its aftermath.

A most unusual story, which has never been told before.


* a riveting read
* a perfect present
* a brilliant book club choice

A television series is in development
by the makers of Downton Abbey

Two weeks at No. 3 in the Evening Standard's
London Best-Sellers' List

Selected for the Texas Library Association's 2018 Topaz list (see Reviews & reactions)


Find out more

What did The Marriage Bureau's clients want?

One man asked for "Marilyn Monroe with homely ways." More requests in Bureau clients.

What do readers think?

One said: "You made me laugh out loud!"

More plaudits in Reviews & reactions.

What do reviewers say?

Ysenda Maxtone Graham wrote in Country Life:

"A book full of charm and hilarity."

Read more in Reviews & reactions.

Who is Penrose? See About Penrose.

For other questions, see Contact.

IN THE USA & CANADA

The Marriage Bureau

The True Story of How Two Matchmakers Arranged Love in Wartime London

by Penrose Halson

Paperback published by
HarperCollins USA
May 2nd 2017
How to buy

Paperback published by
HarperCollins Canada
April 18th 2017
How to buy

Marriages Are Made in Bond Street

True Stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau

by Penrose Halson


Paperback

Published by Pan Books
February 2017

ISBN 978-1-5098-2242-3

How to buy


Hardback

Published by Macmillan
March 2016

ISBN 978-1-4472-8262-4

How to buy

The Marriage Bureau

The True Story of How Two Matchmakers Arranged Love in Wartime London

by Penrose Halson


Paperback

Published by HarperCollins USA
May 2nd 2017

ISBN 978-0-06-256266-1

How to buy

The Marriage Bureau

True Stories of 1940s Matchmakers

by Penrose Halson


Paperback

Published by HarperCollins Canada
April 18th 2017

ISBN 978-1-44345-142-0

How to buy

In April 1939 two 24-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, opened a Marriage Bureau in Bond Street.

They wanted to help expatriate men - soldiers, businessmen, planters of tea and indigo, missionaries, colonial servants - who came to England on leave to find a wife.

In September 1939 war was declared.

In the growing uncertainty and fear, clients of all kinds sought the Bureau's help. It blossomed into a national institution.

The book's vivid, funny, sad, poignant vignettes form a microcosm of life during war and its aftermath.

A most unusual story, which has never been told before.


* a riveting read

* a perfect present

* a brilliant book club choice

A television series is in development by the makers of Downton Abbey

Two weeks at No. 3 in the Evening Standard's London Best-Sellers' List

Selected for the Texas Library Association's 2018 Topaz list (see Reviews & reactions)


Find out more

What did The Marriage Bureau's clients want?

One man asked for "Marilyn Monroe with homely ways."
More requests in Bureau clients.

What do readers think?

One said: "You made me laugh out loud!"
More plaudits in Reviews & reactions.

What do reviewers say?

Ysenda Maxtone Graham wrote in Country Life: "A book full of charm and hilarity."
Read more in Reviews & reactions.

Who is Penrose?

See About Penrose.

For other questions, see Contact.