More about books

As a writer and editor, I have enjoyed many years meeting and interviewing many fascinating people, and visiting wonderful locations worldwide.

These days I also indulge my passion for books, reading, and writing by interviewing authors, hosting events and sharing my reviews and recommendations.

Each month I host a book club on air for BBC Radio Suffolk with the afternoon presenter, Lesley Dolphin. You can listen again to our conversations by following the link below. Do join in with your own comments on the books we're reading!

I also have the pleasure of chairing and organising author talks for children and adults at events and festivals thoughout the year. Past events include Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, Victoria Hislop, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Maggie O'Farrell, Michael Morpurgo, Robert Peston, Kate Humble, Alan Johnson MP, Max Hastings and many more.

Each week I compile an e-newsletter offering book news, author events, my reviews and recommendations. If you'd like to receive it, please click here.

Thank you for reading


Reader recommendations

At the end of each year, members of the Browsers Book Group meet together to share their favourite titles and offer ideas for gifts for friends and family, and for new authors to try ourselves. For 2020, this meeting took place online. The titles that were mentioned are listed here.

Buying books

As you get ideas for book purchases, please do remember to use your local high street bookshop. This is such a difficult time for them to be closed and they're all trying their best to find ways to allow us to shop safely.

But perhaps you've read about the new online bookshop initiative? It's called

There are curated booklists to browse, drawn up by booksellers and reviewers and, for every purchase made through the site, independent bookshops receive a commission. 

I've linked the reviews on my website so that you can purchase online if you wish (and I will receive a small commission for each purchase, with a further commission going to all independent bookshops). 

However, please note that it is still best to order direct from your local high street bookshop!

future events

Wednesday 2nd December, 6.00pm
at Online
Nature writer and podcaster, Melissa Harrison takes us through the seasons in her articles collected in 'The Stubborn Light of Things' for The Cut, Halesworth.

Browsers Book Group

Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus, we are no longer able to meet in person. If you wish to join in with the monthly online discussion, please sign up for the weekly e-newsletter here to receive details.

Everything Under
by Daisy Johnson
Said to be 'weird and wild and wonderfully unsettling', what will we think of it?
Monday, 30 November 2020 - 8:00pm

Events Archive

Visit my archive pages for details of all events in recent years.

Listening in

For some years I’ve been co-hosting a monthly book club on BBC Radio Suffolk with the presenter Lesley Dolphin. You can listen to past discussions here.

Scroll down for details of the title we’re reading this month or click here.


Dr Rowan Williams: The former Archbishop of Canterbury on the Rule of St Benedict

Published by and available on Premier Christian Radio

You can listen here to this podcast.

First available: 6th June 2020


Book reviews

Look out for

by Jane Harper
Secrets are unearthed in a close-knit community when the body of a young woman is discovered on the beach in Tasmania, Australia. Gripping.
Publication date: 21st January 2021
by Inga Vesper
A wonderfully atmospheric mystery. A housewife goes missing one stifling hot summer, in the suburbs of 1950s America.
Publication date: 4th February 2021
by Belinda Bauer
Published 11 February 2021. A quirky, comical murder mystery. Not what I was expecting! Loved it.
Publication date: 11th February 2021
by AJ Gnuse
Publication date: 4th March 2021
by Katherine Faulkner
Three couples look to 'have it all'. Careers, lovely homes, happy lives and babies on the way. But their lives are disrupted by a new friendship. A compelling domestic thriller.
Publication date: 15th April 2021

My recent recommendations

by Carys Bray
Wry and poignant, this is a wonderful story of a family contending with the possibility of climate catastrophe along with the daily grind. I loved it!
Review date: 19.11.20
Hardback edition
by James O'Brien
Recommended non-fiction
The author, a radio talk show host, encourages us all to explore what to do when our opinion might be wrong.
Review date: 10.11.20
Hardback edition
by David Attenborough
Recommended non-fiction
While the threat of climate change is dire, David Attenborough also encourages us to marvel at the natural world. His message leaves the reader...
Review date: 11.10.20
Hardback edition
by Christie Watson
Recommended non-fiction
A powerful account of how nurses look after us all, and what we can learn from them. Inspiring, disturbing and challenging.
Review date: 10.09.20
Hardback edition
by Anthony Horowitz
A clever, addictive read about publishing, murder and Suffolk, with a book within a book. Loved it!
Review date: 03.09.20
Hardback edition
by Christine Féret-Fleury
A magical, amusing and poignant story of the joy of reading, set in Paris.
Review date: 03.11.20
by Robert Galbraith
Review date: 29.09.20
Hardback edition
by Grace Dent
Recommended non-fiction
One of the much-loved voices of the food scene in Britain today, this is Grace Dent's story of growing up with a hunger for life.
Review date: 10.09.20
Hardback edition
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Recommended non-fiction
A story of a life lived with and through books.
Review date: 27.08.20
Hardback edition
by Robert Harris
It's war and, in 1944, V2 missiles have been unleashed on London. A young woman, after a close call, seeks to do her bit in preventing further...
Review date: 25.08.20
Hardback edition

For children

Also display listings for children by age

by Fiona Waters
A beautiful book full of glorious poetry about animals, richly illustrated throughout.
Review date: 29.11.20
by M.G. Leonard
A fun, nostalgic adventure with beautiful illustrations and clues to solve, on a royal steam train. What isn't there to like about this book for...
Review date: 19.11.20
by Christopher Lloyd
Fabulous facts collected by theme and bold, lively colour illustrations and photography throughout. Brilliant!
Review date: 10.11.20
Hardback edition
by Michael Bond
Wise words and beautiful pictures of the world according to Paddington Bear.
Review date: 04.11.20
Hardback edition
by Katherine Rundell
A collection of short stories, poems and pictures from the very best children's authors and illustrators, to bring hope and happiness, and raise...
Review date: 04.11.20
Hardback edition
by Benji Davies
A magical Christmas story about finding your place in the world, told from the perspective of a snowflake!
Review date: 04.11.20
Hardback edition
by Oliver Jeffers
Rich in colour, emotion and hope for the future, this is a story of a father inviting his daughter to help him build a home for their life together.
Review date: 03.11.20
Hardback edition
by Nicola Davies
Beautiful and haunting illustrations and poetic writing turn a powerful message about acceptance, difference and bullying into a magical story for...
Review date: 03.11.20

On the radio

BBC Radio Suffolk

Catherine at BBC Radio SuffolkOn the first Tuesday of each month, at 2.20pm, I join Lesley Dolphin on the afternoon programme at BBC Radio Suffolk to discuss the book of the month which I have chosen for her feature called Lesley's Readers. Listeners are invited to send in comments by text or email, or by phoning the programme on 0800 141 2121.


Lesley's Readers are reading...

The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett
A story of family through the perspective of the house they've shared. It's about choices, mistakes and hope, viewed through time. What will we think of it?

We have just read.....

The Girl Who Reads on the Metro
by Christine Féret-Fleury
A magical, amusing and poignant story of the joy of reading, set in Paris.

My blog

Sunday 8 November 2020

Bricks and clicks

The doors may be shut and we can no longer wander the shelves of our bookshops and libraries, but there are still plenty of books easily available to carry us through the next few weeks.