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Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970something in Bury, England. She is a disabled indie author.
When she was a child, she read Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. When she was a teenager she watched Victoria Wood and read Stephen King. Now she reads lots of things.
Last Christmas, her husband bought her a DNA kit and Samantha found out that she is 96% Mancunian. Samantha is well suited to her chosen genre, comedy-drama set in Manchester. Readers have compared her books to Fawlty Towers, Sophie Kinsella and The Bridget Jones Series. Her books include the contemporary social satire series, Curmudgeon Avenue. The historical fiction '1962' (An Uplifting Tale of 1960s Lancashire), the short story collection 'Quirky Tales to Make Your Day' and the novella 'Piccalilly'.
She has one dog, one gorgeous grown-up daughter and one husband. When not reading or writing, she is listening to heavy metal (particularly the grunge years of the early '90s). Samantha would be thrilled to bits if someone read - or listened to her books.
Samantha had a twenty-year nursing career in the NHS, working both in hospital and community settings. After a diagnosis of MS in 2005, she eventually accepted early retirement in 2014. Looking for a career where she can work for herself within a paced routine, Samantha remembered her love of reading and drew on her observation skills and imagination to start writing. Samantha often feels as though she is living in a sit-com and this is reflected in her style.
Samantha looks after her condition by attending physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, sleeping whenever and wherever possible, wearing sunglasses indoors, avoiding emotional vampires and enjoying life as much as she physically can.
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These four fun short stories precede Samantha Henthorn's novel '1962 (an uplifting tale of 1960s Lancashire).
Queen Elizabeth II's busy schedule is interrupted when PM Harold Macmillan asks her to give a speech.
Dolly and Randy think they see a UFO outside the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas.
Villagers in Cuba wake up to find their telephone lines cut, and a mysterious gang of farmers creep about at night.
Dinner ladies in the north of England have a new job to do in 1962.
'THE AUDIOBOOK CRACKED ME UP!' (UK customer) AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO LANCASHIRE
'Full of unique characters I loved, laughed and grimaced at.' - UK Kindle customer. 'Move over Fawlty Towers' US Kindle customer 'If you like authors like Sophie Kinsella and series like Bridget Jones, I think you’d like this one.' US Kindle customer
Coronation Street on speed
44 Scotland Street set in Manchester.
A contemporary Bleak House
What would your house say about you?
I have been here since Victorian times. My four-storey gothic dust-trap has never been inhabited by such a bunch of idiots as it is today. I was known as a desirable residence under Mr and Mrs Payne’s watchful eyes. Then they left me to their ghastly daughters Edna and Edith... and don’t even get me started on Harold, he has always wanted to live here, and I have always disliked him. Is it any wonder that I am cantankerous and irritable? How will I contend with these unlikeable characters?
The conversational style in this observational social commentary is quirky and off-beat. The Terraced House Diaries sets the scene for a different read waiting inside Curmudgeon Avenue.
This delightful social satire series is a character-driven book which tells of the quarrels, romances and dramas of the intertwined lives of Curmudgeon Avenue's residents. British English grammar and spelling with a northern turn of phrase. Book one of six.
NOW AVAILABLE IN AUDIOBOOK FORMAT NARRATED WITH A VARIETY OF UK ACCENTS AND HILARIOUS COMIC TIMING BY LINDSAY McKINNON. AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO LANCASHIRE. 'Chortling from beginning to end I remained captive of the book. it was a winner.' - US Kindle customer. Readers' Favorite Five Star Book
The Ghosts of Curmudgeon Avenue goes on to pull the reader into a quirky and zany tales of the previous and new inhabitants of the residence complete with gossip, paranormal activities and ageing musicians. Oh, and did I mention the narrator of the story is the house? This aspect definitely makes the book unique. (Booker T's Farm blog)
The writing style is quirky, funny and engaging. Tracey's Year in Books
The writing is quirky, frenetic, warm, engaging, funny and endearing. It was like coming home to old friends, the moment I started this book. Against The Flow Press
The house on Curmudgeon Avenue should be happy now, the nincompoop residents have all met their sorry ends. But they haven't quite left... now that a new family move in can the house find peace? Or are the ghosts of Curmudgeon Avenue going to interfere with the goings-on, romance and dramas that new residents bring?
Gordon and Zandra Bennett - along with their lovelorn daughter Krystina move all the way from London to Curmudgeon Avenue. Zandra has her heart set on renovating the four-storey Victorian terrace and hires Harry to rip out the old and bring in the new. Wonder how that will go down with the grumpy, yet proud house? Not to mention Harold, Edna and Edith who are trapped in their previous home with no choice but to haunt Krystina, moan about the renovations and get up to mischief.
Meanwhile, Patchouli and Gil Von Black's heavy metal romance continues with a brief tour of the US.
The tone is easy to read and written as if a friend was telling you the story which was a nice touch. If you like quirky, funny reads with a great plot then you’ll love this book! Over The Rainbow Book Blog.
A Readers' Favorite 5* Book
'A warm, humane, affectionate, finely-observed tale of a teenage boy, his family, friends and Lancastrian community, set in the sixties against the chilling backdrop of the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis' - Kindle customer.
'1962 has a playful concept that places one young boy’s dreams in a troubling time. There is a sense of fun with Ernest’s unstoppable optimism.’ Rocliffe
Ernest Bradshaw and his mother Rose live in a two up two down house in Lancashire with his Uncle Billy. The news is full of war again, and while Rose prays for peace, Ernest hopes the hole in his sock goes unnoticed.
Auntie Marigold and Uncle Norman live in a bay-fronted detached house, and despite their seemingly perfect life, they too have seen the news and are petrified about events thousands of miles away in Cuba. School teachers get carried away about the threat of nuclear war, and Rose has a mini-drama at work. Uncle Norman steps in to solve problems at home and introduces Ernest to a cycling club advertised in Bolton.
Here Ernest meets his new friends Christopher and Janet and Mr and Mrs Towers – club leaders. Can Ernest win a cycling trophy before the world ends?
An uplifting, heartwarming, coming of age story with all the nostalgia and charm of 1960s Lancashire.
'Written beautifully with strong characters and powerful atmosphere' 1000 Word Challenge
Great little read funny quirky tales (Amazon customer)
From the author of the Curmudgeon Avenue series, twenty-four short stories, including 'Midget Gems' and 'V is for Very' both longlisted for the 1000 Word Challenge in 2016/17. Aliens on the beach in Brighton, a washing machine's memoirs, a couple who do not like their new neighbours, missing underwear, a witch hunt, Kurt Cobain's ghost, two crimes, revenge and many more. All these stories look at the quirky side of life and will instantly make your day because if you like the title, you'll love a good story.
'Highly original and fast-paced story with a strong authentic voice and well-drawn characters' 1000 Word Challenge
It’s Christmas during pandemic and for a change, it’s fun. (US reader)
A Curmudgeonly Christmas wraps up this delightfully funny series with two weddings and a final farewell for one much-loved, prominent character and two others who I thought deserved it! (Against the Flow Press)
Curmudgeon Avenue has been going on for quite some time, some would say for longer than reasonably necessary... In this Curmudgeonly final, the nincompoops of Curmudgeon Avenue would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Gordon Bennett is obsessed with the pothole growth on the street as we get proper emosh at Wantha and Ricky's wedding. But! Did Wantha ever get to find out who her daddy is?
Christmas is coming, and Francesca is getting fat meanwhile Zandra may have overdone it with the scented candles. And the ghosts are immune to any and all lockdown restrictions.
Put down the selection box and the sausage rolls, A Curmudgeonly Christmas is a perfect end to the Curmudgeon Avenue series and the year!
'Another roaring good read.' Against The Flow Press
'All in all, a lively, breathless and definitely unique story.' Books Are Cool.com
' The ending occurs with a twist to end all twists.' US Kindle customer.
Edna Payne's heart-thumping second chance romance with Genevieve Dubois is rekindled when we return to Curmudgeon Avenue. The couple escapes the humdrum life of Whitefield when they move to France. However, when Edna seeks to embrace all things European, Genevieve shuns her French roots. Now that Genevieve's secrets are exposed, will they return to Curmudgeon Avenue?
Meanwhile, in Whitefield, two heavily pregnant women are proving to be a complication for Ricky Ricketts.
This delightful third off-beat comedy romance in the quirky Curmudgeon Avenue series is a hilarious satire of snobbery, escapism and later life romance.
' I really enjoyed that the book was based over two settings, England and France, both the scenes gelled well together, and I really enjoyed how fun and interesting all of the different characters were. They all added a little bit of fun to the book and they were all individual.' Coffee and Kindle Book Reviews
' As the vagaries of speed dating are explored and the dangers of casual social media use exposed, the dynamic pace of this novel is well maintained.' Northern Reader
A 5* Readers' Favorite book
'A quirky, tongue-in-cheek funny story' (Against The Flow Press)
Samantha Henthorn's style of writing is quirky, warm and witty. Each character jumps off the page and becomes a real person that you can relate to, get irritated by and laugh at. (UK Kindle customer)
When we return to Curmudgeon Avenue in book two, Harold and Edith jump on the rollercoaster of romantic comedy. Harold thinks he is always right. Soon he will be in the wrong, accidentally hitting people in the face with his rucksack and accidentally proposing to Edith. Ricky Ricketts continues his on/off entanglement with Wantha Rose, Edna is missing presumed living in France, and the house itself is still exasperated - but wait! Who is this mysterious man driving his expensive car up and down Curmudgeon Avenue? For readers who enjoy the delightful Manchester sense of satire, this quirky comedy-drama will make you smile.
If you enjoyed the 'soaps' when they used to be full of fun and laughter - and had a light-hearted storyline, then this is DEFINITELY one for you (Grace J Reviewerlady)
Readers' Favorite 5* Review
Reformed rent burglar Georgina Foote moves back to Whitefield and into number 13 Curmudgeon Avenue. She is desperately seeking Kevin but all she finds is nonsense. Collecting enemies at work and at home, Georgina Foote does not belong here.
Meanwhile, a mass exodus occurs when Wantha Rose, Ricky Ricketts and newbie Krystina moved to Greenmount. They think that the world does not revolve around Curmudgeon Avenue, will they find out that it does?
A denouement of sorts resolves the ghost's stories when Harold takes up residence in the House of Commons, and Edith reunites with her first husband.
Zandra Bennett's career takes on a new direction when she unwittingly starts channelling the ghost of Edith in the under-the-stairs space.
We finally get to find out Mrs Ali's first name, her story and her source of all knowledge.
Wantha and Ricky nearly get married, and we learn why the Rose sisters have such daft names. Their mother, Patchouli is still living the life of luxury, and occasional abseiling with Gil Von Black
Not intended as a cosy read, the characters in this social satire provide an utterly British escape.
Will the nincompoops of Curmudgeon Avenue survive without the street?
The ending is a shocker!
Twin daughters provide inspiration for one spontaneous poet... Tuesday morning and Martin has a meltdown watching Piers Morgan... what has Martin been up to during lockdown? And will his wife find out? .... Inspired by Van Gogh an outsider's artwork gets gritty. Van Gogh would be proud... Karen's brain is fried by a faint hum that turns into something else. But, she'll be OK (won't you, Karen?) ... Mimi's search for toilet roll takes her to the other side of town she thinks she knows everything but is finally left speechless.
Written at a time of panic, pandemic and lockdown. Good things can come out of disaster.
All royalties from this book will be donated to Bury Hospice.
PLEASE NOTE THE CLAIRE KINGSLEY LISTED IN THIS ANTHOLOGY HAS ONLY WRITTEN THE ONE STORY IN THIS ANTHOLOGY (there is another author called Claire Kingsley - if you are looking for her books please search for Claire Kingsley separately thank you)
WONDERFUL SHORT STORY: The use of language has been Such a fond stroll down memory lane for me. (UK Kindle customer)
Set in wartime Bolton, Lillian is missing her soldier brother. When Lillian's parents receive a telegram informing them of the worst, Lillian discovers that Joe's spirit is living on in a series of comforting events. Written as a children's novella.
Originally written for the author's mother in memory of her nana.