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


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.

The Forest of Wool and Steel
by Natsu Miyashita
Tomura is transported by the sound of a piano being tuned in his school and determines to learn the skill himself. Described as a tender and uplifting novel, this million copy bestseller was the winner of the Japan Booksellers Award. What will we think of it?
Monday, 26 October 2020 - 8:00pm

Screen time

While it’s still not possible to meet in person, I’ve been in touch with some of my favourite authors to find out about their new books and to learn more about where and how they’ve been working.

At the writer's desk with Saskia Sarginson

Saskia with Catherine

SEPTEMBER 2020 Novelist Saskia Sarginson talks to me about her latest novel 'The Bench' and has many interesting things to say about the writing process. You can see the interview here.

At the writer's desk with Sophie Green

Sophie Green and Catherine

AUGUST 2020 Children's writer Sophie Green tells us about writing her 'Potkins and Stubbs' trilogy. And if you'd like to win a set of the three books, please sign up to my newsletter here to be entered into the draw. Watch video

Potkin and Stubbs books

At the writer's desk with Meg Rosoff

Catherine in discussion with Meg Rosoff

JULY 2020 The award-winning writer Meg Rosoff introduces her ninth book 'The Great Godden', a beautiful summer's coming-of-age novel.
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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



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

Book reviews

Look out for

by Dolly Alderton
This is a funny and poignant tale of the challenges facing a young independent woman.
Publication date: 15th October 2020
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.
Publication date: 29th October 2020
by Robert Bryndza
A gripping thriller following former police officer Kate Marshall's investigation for a missing person. Great characterisation and fast moving plot.
Publication date: 3rd November 2020
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

My recent recommendations

by Robert Galbraith
Recommendation date: 29.09.20
by Lottie Moggach
Recommendation date: 29.09.20
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.
Recommendation date: 10.09.20
by Anthony Horowitz
A clever, addictive read about publishing, murder and Suffolk, with a book within a book. Loved it!
Recommendation date: 03.09.20
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Recommended non-fiction
A story of a life lived with and through books.
Recommendation date: 27.08.20
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...
Recommendation date: 25.08.20
by Nick Hornby
Lucy and Joseph meet across a butcher's counter. They've nothing in common... A funny and tender account highlighting the prejudices,...
Recommendation date: 25.08.20
by Alister McGrath
Recommended non-fiction
A fascinating and very readable account of the pursuit of truth by this respected scientist and theologian.
Recommendation date: 24.08.20
by Simon Mayo
Members of an investigative news team are murdered in London. What had they uncovered? Why have they been killed? Who's next?
Recommendation date: 20.08.20
by Julie Welsh
Recommended non-fiction
Recommendation date: 20.08.20

For children

Also display listings for children by age

by Ben Manley
This is a funny, silly and beautifully illustrated story about friendship, outdoor adventures and overcoming a fear of things that might go wrong!
Review date: 03.10.20
by Robert Macfarlane
A book to cherish always - stunning illustrations, beautiful words to sing, recite and savour, and a gold ribbon to mark your page!
Review date: 29.09.20
by Ann Booth and Robyn Wilson-Owen
A beautiful and surprising picture book with a powerful message.
Review date: 19.09.20
by Robert Muchamore
A fabulous modern interpretation of the myth of Robin Hood.
Review date: 05.09.20
by Kerry Drewery
Mizuki's grandfather is sad and full of regret and guilt for a terrible episode in his past.
Review date: 27.08.20
by Simona Ciraolo
A beautiful and funny picture book for young children, with a positive encouraging message.
Review date: 24.08.20
by Tom Palmer
With WWII finally over, three boys are among 300 children who have been brought from Europe to the peace and safety of England's Lake District.
Review date: 12.08.20
by Elizabeth Acevedo
Two girls are united in grief as a plane crashes. An extraordinary book with a dual narrative in blank verse. For young adult readers.
Review date: 02.08.20

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 Girl Who Reads on the Metro
by Christine Féret-Fleury

We have just read.....

Anyone for Edmund?
by Simon Edge
A comic tale setting the already extraordinary story of the medieval saint Edmund against the shenanigans of modern British government.

My blog

Sunday 30 August 2020

Joined up thinking

This week sees the start of the new academic year. That means the end of summer, children back at school and, this year, a call for the grown-ups to get back to the office.

The people who have made that leap in the publishing world have been proving the point by posting pictures of their desks on Twitter. In the way of social media, this has meant that all the images have recorded enviable scenes of spectacular views from huge windows, high ceilings and spacious rooms, tidy bookshelves and remarkably resilient plants which have flourished despite having no human care over the past six months.