Penrose  Halson

Penrose Halson

When Penrose Halson was 25 and still unmarried, her mother sent her to the Katharine Allen Marriage & Advice Bureau. Twenty years later, after a career in teaching, writing and editing, she and her management consultant husband Bill took over that same Bureau. They additionally acquired The Marriage Bureau, which had been set up in 1939 by two 24-year-olds. As Bill had predicted, matchmaking suited Penrose down to the ground, and they remain happily in touch with many former clients who visit them in London. With such a magnificent history, Penrose decided that the story of The Marriage Bureau was too rich to be ignored. Drawing from her own experiences, along with the Bureau’s extensive archives—newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, registration forms, letters, photographs, books by the original proprietors, etc. she's written an amazing story of life and love during and after World War II. She makes you wish she was your own matchmaker today.