Carol Rivers

Mother-of-three Carol Rivers, whose family comes from the Isle of Dogs, East London, now lives in Dorset. Visit and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @carol_rivers

Books by this Author

The Fight for Lizzie Flowers
Together for Christmas
A Wartime Christmas
Cockney Orphan
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. One day at a time.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness for me, is a choice. You can wake up and think, am I going to be happy or sad today? Too simple? Perhaps, but with practice it works.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Tracks of My Tears, Unchained Melody, Some Say Love, Changes, Morningtown Ride

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Deep sea diver

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Nuts of all types.

Author Voices

September 23, 2015

Thursday 24th September is publishing day for my second of the series Lizzie Flowers dramas, THE FIGHT FOR LIZZIE FLOWERS. I’ve never written a series before, so I’m excited to see Lizzie back among her East End contemporaries and giving the villains of London’s underworld a run for their money. So that’s where she is; conducting business deals and securing her turf, never one to back down in the face of adversity. But much to my own surprise as I drew the curtains apart at the start of the book, a shadowy figure stepped on the stage and threw a spanner into works. Oddly enough, I had thought I’d find Lizzie much more in... see more

September 10, 2015

The noun ‘costermonger’ has its origin in the 16th century ‘Costard and Monger’ meaning apple seller. I’m sure my paternal costermonger grandfather who was born and worked all his life in the East End would not have been surprised to know that, three centuries earlier, an apple seller just like him and with a barrow just like his, would have trodden the self same streets, crying ungrammatically “Apples a pound, pears,” and supping his tankard of ale with the same lust for life as Granddad did his Guinness.

Costermongers have a unique place in British history and Granddad was proud of his ancestry. But... see more

August 11, 2015

1932 and the year in which 800m runner Tommy Hampson won one of the four golds for Britain in the Los Angeles Olympics and when, more famously, Aldous Huxley published his controversial novel, Brave New World. His was a repellant vision of the future, that at the time, seemed too far fetched for public consumption. Whoever could have imagined 83 years later, that Huxley’s fictionalized babies fertilised in laboratory bottles, would resemble today’s cloning? Or his sleep-learning to brainwash the young to be obedient citizens, the precursor to George Orwell's spinechiller, Nineteen Eighty Four. Or Huxley's conception of the Talkies to become... see more

June 15, 2015

I take the hardback copy of THE FIGHT FOR LIZZIE FLOWERS from its newly delivered box and have to gulp a deep breath. My vision of Lizzie, Frank and Danny are here on the cover in every detail. Even Lizzie’s two-piece wedding suit, identical to the colour of the book binding. The blurb on the back reunites me with Lizzie on that fateful December day in 1932. There is a fragility about her, yet she is a strong and resourceful woman. It’s love that makes her vulnerable. As every woman will know,... see more

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