of a Tipton Childhood
has been writing stories since her schooldays in Wednesbury. Her
first story for which she was paid netted 7/6d (37 1/2 pence).
in Tipton in 1944 Carol attended St Mark's C.E. Primary School
in Tipton, later she went to Ocker Hill Secondary School and finally
gained a place at Wednesbury County Commercial School.
leaving school Carol became a reporter on a local newspaper and
in her spare time wrote for various magazines. She has written
a total of 9 romantic novels as well as 2 Christian novels for
adolescents (all in the name Carol Marsh).
her mother became terminally ill Carol experienced God calling
her to his work. It gave her strength during a difficult period
of her life and led to full Church membership and confirmation
in 1985. In 1987 Carol was selected for ministerial training at
Queen's College, where she met husband to be, the Reverend Mark
Hathorne. Following her ordination in Lichfield Cathedral she
served at St. Paul's Wednesbury and St. Mark's Pensnett before
becoming a vicar at Chadsmoor in Cannock.
and Strawberries is an autobiographical account of life
on a Black Country slum clearance estate in the year of
the Coronation as seen from a child's point of view.
Shortages were the order of the early 1950s - food, clothes,
luxuries and accomodation. This story of raw working class
life is a vivid reminder of what things were like for many.
Descriptions of extended family life, street gangs, simple
pleasures and childhood dreams of fame make it a valuable
book was published in 2002 with assistance from the Black
Country Society, and Stan Hill (former editor of The Blackcountryman)
who have read the book (and I hope to read mine as soon as my
wife will let me have it back) have described it as un-putdownable
and a very funny read. It is certainly selling well among the
Black Country Society members.
read the book last night. Thought I would read a couple of chapters
before I went to sleep. Oh no, I read the whole thing, cover to
cover. Brought back memories of my childhood (just as it did for
my wife). If you were brought up in the Black Country in the 50s
and 60s you will relate to this book. It is very funny as well.
Unfortunately this book is now out of print and copies are not available.
You may find one on eBay, but you do take pot luck.