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.