The Marriage Bureau - The True Story of How Two Matchmakers Arranged Love in Wartime London-logo

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

Penrose Halson

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A riveting glimpse of life and love during and after World War II-a heart-warming, touching, and thoroughly absorbing true story of a world gone by. 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. From shop girls to debutantes; widowers to war veterans, clients came in search of security, social acceptance, or simply love. And thanks to the meticulous organization and astute intuition of the Bureau's matchmakers, most found what they were looking for. Penrose Halson draws from newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, and interviews with the proprietors themselves to bring the romance and heartbreak of matchmaking during wartime to vivid, often hilarious, life in this unforgettable story of a most unusual business. "A book full of charm and hilarity."-Country Life

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jane Copland

Length:

7h 59m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:35