Brave New World

  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 […]

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For You, My Readers.

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 […]

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Rivers News on World Book Day 2015

  Hello everyone! This close-up image of Lizzie of Langley Street is a stunner! The full book jacket cover profiles Lizzie against the busy backdrop of Cox Street market, my East End meeting place for all the Rivers  characters (and the blueprint of Chrisp Street market in London’s East End.) Marking WORLD BOOK DAY I’m happy […]

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“Get out there and knock it down!”

  “Get out there and knock it down!” So say the awesome Three Degrees during the Breakfast Show of late January 2015. Now celebrating 50 years in the entertainment business the band we all recognise for their unique and soulful voices, are hitting the road on their tour of Britain. This from Valerie Holiday, who […]

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I Will Start Anew

My last blog of 2014, is the perfect time to wish you all an awesome festive season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Thank you to those who have bought my books, blogged, posted and taken precious minutes from their busy schedules to write to me, support me and join me on a […]

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The Simon Claus Advent Calendar

    I’m sure everyone is very busy at this time of year, so this is just a quickie to let all subscribers to carolrivers.com know that Simon & Schuster are offering a free signed copy of TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS on their Simon Claus Advent Calendar.  To take advantage of this offer, just follow the […]

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100 years on: Armistice and Remembrance Day

  My husband and I sit on a quiet Sunday afternoon, making images for my YouTube trailer. As we work, the trees in the garden sway softly in a mild November breeze. Somewhere church bells are ringing, so faintly we hardly notice them. Crisp, dry leaves scuttle along the garden path and swirl by the […]

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Thinking of Christmas Shopping?

October 23rd is almost here, the day when my 2014 novel, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS is published in paperback form. The book’s beautiful cover shows my central character, Flora Shine, dressed in her Great War nurse’s uniform. Together with her two close friends depicted in the background, this clever artwork hints at the story inside. I’m […]

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The Parcel

    The parcel arrived from my publisher this morning; a freshly bound hardback copy of this year’s novel, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS. I turn the clean, crisp pages into 1914 and find myself once again among the leafy plane trees of London’s Hyde Park. I join my East End orphans Flora Shine, Will Boniface and […]

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‘Together For Christmas’

My centenary book for 2014, ‘Together For Christmas’ is published in ebook, August 14th and to paperback in October. The three main characters are orphans Flora – my heroine, and Will and Hilda, her dearest friends from childhood. It’s August 1914, London. Britain has just declared war on Germany, and the whole country seems to […]

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Ella’s Zoolab! (Young Writers)

  This is the second of my posts to celebrate our YOUNG WRITERS. Some of you may remember my blog entitled ‘Almost’, posted way back in March. The short story was quite stunning and the author allowed me to publish her work with permission of ‘St Edward’s RC CE VA School’ in Parkstone, Dorset. This month […]

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Book Prize: June Competition Notification

 JUNE COMPETITION It’s June and time for the summer competition. As many of you know, I write about East Enders – the cockney communities who came before the EastEnders of Albert Square in Walford. I set my East End families on the real Isle of Dogs (map above), Whitechapel, Limehouse, Poplar and surrounding hamlets, pre 1960. […]

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June Competition

I thought it would be fun to have a competition next month in June, a beautiful time of year, with so many colours in nature. I try to give a natural flavour of the beauty and vibrancy of London’s docklands as I write and I have created my own community on the Isle of Dogs, from […]

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No 1 Heatseekers novel 2010, EAST END ANGEL

Where did the idea come from for one of my best-selling novels, EAST END ANGEL? During a conversation with a friend about the romantic intrigues and dangers of life in the Blitz, the character of Pearl Jenkins began to form. I saw her clearly – on her wedding day, but the occasion was threatened by […]

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The East End and where it all began…

What is the inspiration for writing novels?This is a question most writers are asked and in my case, it’s always the Isle of Dogs, the heart of London’s East End. It began in the 1920’s, when Grandad was given the chance to rent a small, three-bedroom council terrace with a front parlour, kitchen and yard. […]

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Mother’s Day Pressie

Asked which one of my East End Sagas I’d buy for my own mum, I’d have to say A WARTIME CHRISTMAS. Despite a seasonal title, this book can be read at any time. Indeed, some of the scenes take place in the blistering heat of an old-fashioned English summer. At the book’s heart are the close but […]

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Twitter Tells the Tale

In advance of my next book, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS, to be published in October by Simon and Schuster, I’ve been updating on social media. I would like to reach even more people in the Centenary Year of the Great War. My story is set from 1914 to 1918 and tells of three orphans, best friends, […]

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Discussing it All!

Here we are, dishing the dirt at a writers’ conference in London. I love the RNA get-togethers where we chat about all things relevant to the industry. Like all these enthusiastic ladies, I’ve lots of ideas buzzing around in my mind for more stories. But I do bring myself back down to earth occasionally! I love […]

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“Almost”

  I am proud to give my first blog to Ella from St Edwards School in Parkstone, Poole. I visited recently to work on a project with Year 8 students. The subject was close to my heart, The Blitz. We had great fun, played with a little drama and every student wrote a short story […]

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A Little More Colour

  Thank you everyone for having patience while I create my new webpages. It was time for me to add a little more colour and spark to my virtual home. At Christmas I decided that, in the New Year, one of my first jobs was to redecorate – not my home, but here in this […]

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