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.

I hope you will enjoy reading details of my events, my reviews and recommendations.

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Thank you for reading



coming soon

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.
Wednesday 26th February, 7.30pm
at Woodbridge Library
Please note the change of date! The popular novelist talks to us about the inspiration for her latest book, set around the development of radar at Bawdsey, Suffolk during WWII.

Talking with Lesley

on BBC Radio Suffolk, Wednesday 8 January.

For some years now I've been enjoying a monthly chat with Lesley Dolphin, the afternoon presenter on BBC Radio Suffolk, contributing to her regular feature 'Lesley's Readers'.

We talk together about the book we have just read, and the one we'll be discussing next month as well as all other things book related!


Browsers Book Group

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk
A 'subversive, entertaining noir novel' by the Nobel Prize and Man Booker International Prize-winning Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk. What will we think of it? Join in the friendly discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine.
Monday, 27 January 2020 - 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.


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

Book reviews

Look out for

by Robert Bryndza
Former police officer, and now a lecturer in criminology, Kate Marshall is drawn into investigating some horrific copycat murders. This is a graphic and disturbing book, but the characters, pace, and twists and turns of the investigation make it a compelling read.
by Deborah Orr
A moving, engrossing memoir where the author explores her conflicting responses to her upbringing in Scotland. Published 23 January 2020.
by Gill Hornby
Why did Cassandra burn the letters written by her sister, Jane Austen? It has troubled academics for decades, but novelist Gill Hornby gives us her perspective in this beautiful and sensitive portrayal of Cassandra in old age and in flashback. Published 23 January 2020.

My recent recommendations

by Hannah Fry
A fascinating and thought-provoking account of how algorithms are affecting every part of our lives today.
Review date: 06.01.20
by Emily Maitlis
A funny, warm and accessible insight into what's involved in interviewing people making the news, from the 'Newsnight' presenter.
Review date: 14.12.19
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

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 (or Wednesday!) 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...

Reasons to be cheerful
by Nina Stibbe

We have just read.....

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
What would you change if you could go back in time? This Japanese novel invites us to follow four visitors to a Tokyo cafe as they revisit their past but must be sure to return to the present before the coffee gets cold.

My blog

Monday 6 January 2020

Happy new year?

The global situation and news of recent events make the usual new year greeting sound rather hollow. We live in troubling times.

It is all the more reason, perhaps, that we should turn to books as an opportunity for escape and enlightenment, entertainment and education.

I hope you'll join me in the coming months as we unpack what we're reading through book group discussions and on BBC Radio Suffolk book club.

I'll be bringing various authors and publishers to the area and we'll be able to ask them for their insight, understanding and perspective on numerous topics and themes.