Born in West Bromwich’s Hallam Hospital in 1944 and brought up on Tipton’s Lost City, she was educated at St Mark’s CE Primary and Ocker hill Secondary before going to Wednesbury County Commercial School.  It was here that she began writing.  She went on to work as a reporter on a local newspaper, contributing to many magazines in her spare time.  She had a romantic novel published by Robert Hale and from that moment on has had a highly successful literary career.  Hale went on to publish 8 more of her novels under the name Carol Marsh.  The Scripture Union have published two Christian novels for adolescents and Christana have published angels Keep Watch about her time in Kenya.  In 2002 the Black Country Society brought out Slurry & Strawberries, the first part of her autobiography.  A further two parts, Bread Pudding Days, and A Woodbine On The Wall were to remain unpublished until 2006 when The Kates Hill Press brought together all three parts in one volume, Five Minutes Love.  Carol wrote a fourth part to the series All Shook Up which was published late 2007.  Only Sixteen, the first of Carol Hathorne’s novels to be published by the Kates Hill Press, appeared in 2008. The sequel to this, Twenty One Today was published in 2011 together with the paperback version of Five Minutes Love.

 

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Those Were The Days – Carol Hathorne
The first part of nationally acclaimed author Carol Hathorne’s autobiography, SLURRY & STRAWBERRIES was published by the Black Country Society in 2002 and covered the early years of her Tipton childhood.  Carol went on to write a further two parts, BREAD PUDDING DAYS, and A WOODBINE ON THE WALL covering her teenage years.   In 2006, The Kates Hill Press brought out FIVE MINUTES LOVE, bringing together in one volume all three parts of this incredible story as a comb bound publication. It was made  available in paperback in 2011. In the meantime Carol Hathorne continued with her story, writing ALL SHOOK UP which was published by the Kates Hill Press in booklet form in 2007. The final two parts of he her autobiography are, UP, UP AND AWAY, and ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. The three part to the story are brought together in THOSE WERE THE DAYS.   ALL SHOOK UP takes the author into the world of work and relationships.   UP, UP AND AWAY wherein Carol Hathorne becomes a published author from a youth culture fuelled by Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan and caught up in the antagonisms of the time. A first trip abroad completes the section.   ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE with Carol working as a reporter for West Bromwich News, her emergence into adult life.   At turns moving, endearing and funny, THOSE WERE THE DAYS is a must for anyone interested in the social history of the  Black Country, and for anyone for whom those were indeed the days.  
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All Shook Up – Carol Hathorne
The first part of nationally acclaimed author Carol Hathorne’s autobiography, SLURRY & STRAWBERRIES was published by the Black Country Society in 2002 and covered the early years of her Tipton childhood. Carol went on to write a further two parts, BREAD PUDDING DAYS, and A WOODBINE ON THE WALL covering her teenage years. FIVE MINUTES LOVE brought together in one volume all three parts of this incredible story. SLURRY & STRAWBERRIES told of life on Tipton’s Lost City Estate. The early and junior school years of a working class up bringing depicting the warmth of family life set against a backdrop of social deprivation. BREAD PUDDING DAYS moved the story on to senior school, travelling to Wednesbury, broadening horizons, new friends and old truths. A WOODBINE ON THE WALL covered the rite of passage era in which a young woman and a writer emerges. Now, ALL SHOOK UP takes the young Carol into the world of work and relationships...
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Five Minutes Love – Carol Hathorne
The first part of nationally acclaimed author Carol Hathorne’s autobiography, Slurry & Strawberries was published by the Black Country Society in 2002 and covered the early years of her Tipton childhood. Carol went on to write a further two parts, Bread Pudding Days, and A Woodbine on the Wall covering her teenage years. In 2006, The Kates Hill Press brought out Five Minutes Love, bringing together in one volume all three parts of this incredible story. Now available in paperback, Five Minutes comprises:- Slurry & Strawberries tells of life on Tipton’s Lost City Estate. The early and junior school years of a working class up bringing depicting the warmth of family life set against a backdrop of social deprivation. Bread Pudding Days moves the story on to senior school, travelling to Wednesbury, broadening horizons, new friends and old truths. A Woodbine on the Wall covers the rite of passage era in which a young woman and a writer emerges. At turns moving, endearing and funny, Five Minutes Love is a must for anyone interested in the social history of the Black Country.
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Only Sixteen – Carol Hathorne
At Only Sixteen she was too young to… ...do a lot of things in the adult world she was about to enter. But at Only Sixteen she was old enough to start going out to work Old enough to command the attention of older men And ultimately, old enough to know. Set against a backdrop of the emerging rock and roll youth scene in the Black Country of the early 1960s, Only Sixteen charts the stories of Pam Sheldon, Marie Townsend and Jenny Day as they leave school behind for the big exciting world of work and relationships. At turns, hilarious, touching and poignant… Another brilliant novel from Carol Hathorne.
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Twenty One Today – Carol Hathorne
'I never thought I`d get the key to me own front door!' Pam Bailey confessed. Proudly, she showed her two friends into the living room of her brand new high rise flat. It was one of several blocks which identified the state of the art council estate and was unlike any development ever seen before in the industrial Black Country town of Tipton. So starts Twenty One Today to continue the stories of Pam Bailey, Jenny Day, and Marie Townsend, the characters Carol Hathorne introduced in her endearing novel ONLY SIXTEEN. Set once more against the backdrop of the industrial west midlands, Twenty One Today charts the lives of the three friends through expanding horizons, work relationships, and love, to full independence signified by their own keys to their own doors! Another gem from the pen of Carol Hathorne
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Crossing The Cut – Carol Hathorne
Crossing the Cut is a fine collection of short stories from nationally acclaimed author Carol Hathorne.   In the first half of the book the stories are either set in the author’s native black country or in Africa where she worked for the church for several years.   Carol Hathorne’s love of the Black Country has spawned the autobiographical Five Minutes Love and Those Were The Days as well the novels Only Sixteen and Twenty One Today.   The second half of the book is a collection of 12 stories in the Our Mon’s Detective Agency series which chronicle the adventure’s of news agent turned detective Monty Smith, with the assistance of his brother Bing and Starsky the dog. As with all Carol Hathorne’s work, these stories are endearing and hilarious. CONTENTS - CROSSING THE CUT CROSSING THE CUT               NINA KOFIA                                        OUT OF THE SHADOWS HOMEFIRES BURNING  GOODBYE MAMA BEAR CATCHING THE AKAMBA MY HERO MONEY TO BURN THE HAUNTED MIRROR II DOROTHY THE LEGACY THE RESCUE GHOST OF A SIGNAL MONDAY  OUR MON’S DETECTIVE AGENCY  NEW BEGINNING A LONG DAY HOLIDAY ROMANCE A SMALL JOB NEW PARTNER THE WHITE VAN SCAM THE THIN BURGLAR  HEAD FOR HEIGHTS FAME AT LAST  THE BIG DECISION CAPTURED COME ON OUR MON  
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