Welcome

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

Now that I am largely based in East Anglia, I am indulging 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, and I chair and organise author talks for children and adults.

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 and many more.

I hope you will enjoy reading details of my events, my reviews and recommendations. If you'd like to sign up for my weekly newsletter please click here.

Catherine

Events

coming soon

Tuesday 26th November, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Respected journalist and historian Simon Heffer will talk to us about his extensive research into a period that saw appalling suffering and loss, but also astonishing change on the home front, all related in his new book 'Staring at God'.
Thursday 30th January, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Respected publisher and member of the 2019 Booker Prize judging panel, Liz Calder will be sharing something of her life in books.

Browsers Book Group

Grief is the Thing with Feathers
by Max Porter
An extraordinary book "full of unexpected humour and emotional truth". What will we make of it? Taking place at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge. Join in the discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine. There is no charge for attending.
Monday, 25 November 2019 - 8:00pm

recent events

Saturday 2 November 2019
Despite terrible weather, dozens of people joined us in the bookshop to meet cricket raconteur Henry Blofeld as he signed copies of his new book 'My A-Z of Cricket'.
Friday 1 November 2019
The award-winning cameraman talked about his extraordinary year following emperor penguins in Antarctica.
Thursday 26 September 2019
Novelist Nicola Upson gave a fascinating account of how she imagined the life of the artist Stanley Spencer through the eyes of his housekeeper, Elsie.

Archive

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

Book reviews

Look out for

by Lindsay McCrae
An extraordinary story of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, beautifully told.
by Nicola Upson
This Josephine Tey mystery revisits her youth when the playwright and sleuth lodged with two teachers at Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex.
by Sophie Green
A return to Peligan City to meet our crusading investigators Lil Potkin and Nedly Stubbs, and it's darker and funnier than the first book!
by Elizabeth Strout
Wonderful to return to the life of Olive Kitteridge and the daily challenges of life in the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine.
by Susan Hill
The latest investigation by Simon Serrailler begins with a clever and unnerving burglary. Murder follows.

My recent recommendations

by Sally Rooney
A compelling and intriguing account of the self-indulgent and complicated relationships between a group of friends.
Review date: 07.11.19
by JP Delaney
A fascinating premise for a gripping thriller, which continued with twists and turns to the conclusion.
Review date: 07.11.19
by Elif Shafak
An astonishing concept in which to explore the life, and death, of a woman and her friends living in Turkey today.
Review date: 07.11.19
by Louise Doughty
A man steps off the platform into the path of the passing train. The woman who witnessed his death has her own shocking and tragic reasons for being...
Review date: 12.09.19

For children

by Sif Sigmarsdottir
Social media influencers, investigative journalism, manipulation of the truth and murder, in Iceland. A thriller with two young women at its heart,...
Review date: 07.11.19
by Clementine Beauvais
A funny, uplifting, quirky and inspiring story of three girls who take a road trip to Paris to prove themselves after bullying at school.
Review date: 07.11.19
by Sophie Green
A return to Peligan City to meet our crusading investigators Lil Potkin and Nedly Stubbs, and it's darker and funnier than the first book!
by Elly Griffiths
The first in a series of children's books by the writer of the best-selling Ruth Galloway novels, published in May 2019.
by Sophie Green
A fabulous, inventive, funny, detective-ghost story which is the first of a trilogy. And what a great cover!

On the radio

BBC Radio Suffolk

Catherine at BBC Radio SuffolkOn the first Tuesday of each month, at 2.30pm, 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...

Wakenhyrst
by Michelle Paver

We have just read.....

My blog

Wednesday 18 September 2019

The end of the summer

After taking a bit of summer break from organising author events this year, we were back on track with a sell out audience for the fabulous Martin Walker this week.

These lunchtime crime writer sessions at Woodbridge Library are always well received, but this time we found ourselves hearing more about Burgundy than bodies as Martin delighted us with his descriptions of life at home in France. The food, the drink, the gardening, friendships, culture and way of life sounded wonderful, and of course it is all replicated in Martin's marvellous Death in the Dordogne series of books about Bruno the chief of police.