Welcome

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

Catherine

Events

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.

Catherine in discussion with Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff introduces her ninth novel The Great Godden
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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.

You Will Be Safe Here
by Damian Barr
Described as 'a book that will change the way you see the world'. What will we make of it?
Monday, 31 August 2020 - 8:00pm

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.

Podcasts

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

 

Author visits

The programme of talks and signings is halted for the time being, but you can relive past events here and in the archive. I’ll have news of any forthcoming events just as soon as it’s possible to start again!

Wednesday 26 February 2020
The popular novelist talked about the inspiration for her latest book, set around the development of radar at Bawdsey, Suffolk during WWII.
Thursday 30 January 2020
Respected publisher and member of the 2019 Booker Prize judging panel, Liz Calder shared something of her life in books.
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'.

Archive

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

Book reviews

Look out for

by Hilary Boyd
A gripping family drama about choices and consequences.
Publication date: 6th August 2020
by Emily St John Mandel
An intriguing, beguiling, all-engrossing tale of wealth and power, guilt and regret, fate, choice, morality, corruption, delusion...
Publication date: 6th August 2020
by Ben Davis
Recommended for children
A powerful message with engaging, resourceful characters. Loved it!
Publication date: 6th August 2020
by Sarah Crossan
Another stunning read from this talented writer, this time presenting the ruins of an affair while exploring grief, loss and obsession.
Publication date: 20th August 2020
by Sophie Mackintosh
An unsettling but intriguing and consuming dystopian world, reminiscent of 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
Publication date: 27th August 2020
by Richard Osman
Four friends in a retirement village meet to solve a murder. It's funny and there's lots of talk of cake. Looking forward to the next instalment already!
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
by Saskia Sarginson
A chance meeting and a holiday romance - was this all they were destined to be? Or will Cat and Sam overcome all the odds and finally find a way to meet again, on their bench.
Publication date: 3rd September 2020

My recent recommendations

by Lara Prior-Palmer
Recommended non-fiction
An engaging, entertaining and inspiring account of a young woman undertaking the world's most challenging horse race.
Recommendation date: 04.08.20
by Emma Donoghue
An extraordinary account of a young woman nursing in a maternity unit in Ireland at the time of the 1918 pandemic. Wonderful!
Recommendation date: 21.07.20
by Louise Hare
Set in London after the Second World War, a jazz musician has arrived on the Empire Windrush. A beautiful, compelling read.
Recommendation date: 28.06.20
by Joanna Cannon
Recommended non-fiction
A frank, moving and beautifully written memoir exploring, through the highs and lows of her career path as a junior doctor.
Recommendation date: 27.05.20
by Raynor Winn
Recommended non-fiction
An extraordinary and inspiring memoir of how a couple face the loss of everything they've held dear by going on a very long walk!
Recommendation date: 13.05.20
by Ann Napolitano
Uplifting and life-affirming, and completely compelling, this is an extraordinary book. The sole survivor from a plane crash, this 13-year-old boy...
Recommendation date: 29.04.20
by Anne Tyler
A charming, funny and poignant love story. Micah solves all your computer problems, but struggles with his relationships.
Recommendation date: 29.04.20
by Rachel Joyce
Fabulous characters, a journey, friendship and self discovery. Familiar Rachel Joyce, with some surprises too.
Recommendation date: 29.04.20

For children

Also display listings for children by age

by Elizabeth Acevedo
Two girls, living in different countries, with different lifestyles, are united in grief as a plane crashes. They come to realise their lives are...
Review date: 02.08.20
by Hana Tooke
Just published! A quirky and charming adventure following five children who have been abandoned, left in the hands of the cruel staff at the Little...
Review date: 19.07.20
by Laura Wood
A charming, magical, escapist summer read, particularly for anyone who loves the 1920s and the Cornish coast!
Review date: 22.06.20
by Wilbur Smith
A fabulous African adventure for older children from the master storyteller, Wilbur Smith, with Chris Wakling.
Review date: 28.05.20
by Onjali Q. Rauf
A beautifully told story of believing in a star, but with the backdrop of domestic abuse, grief and foster care.
Review date: 16.05.20
by Kit de Waal
A coming-of-age road trip novel about identity, loss, friendship, fractured relationships, which is also described as a feminist take on 'Moby...
Review date: 29.04.20
by Zeb Soanes
A beautiful story of the relationship between humans and animals in London streets, illustrated by James Mayhew.
Review date: 15.04.20
by Meg Rosoff
The story of one family, one summer, in a holiday home by the coast. A wonderful escapist coming-of-age read.
Review date: 09.04.20

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.

xxx

Lesley's Readers are reading...

The Offing
by Benjamin Myers
An unlikely friendship between a 16-year-old miner's son and an eccentric elderly woman, set on the Yorkshire coast one summer after the second world war, this book has been described as 'full of warmth and kindness'. What will we think of it?

We have just read.....

My blog

Monday 22 June 2020

Summertime

Sunday 21 June. It's the longest day! I'm never entirely sure if that's something to be celebrated or not - the evenings will be drawing in from now on, after all! But as the weather forecast for the coming week looks very promising, let's enjoy the long summer days while we can.

And, with bookshops opening again, we're able to replenish our stock of reading material. Even though we all seem to be blessed with piles of books still to be read, the lure of the recently reviewed title is often irresistible, isn't it? 

Do take a look at my website for details of the titles I've been reading lately. The lockdown meant that the publication of many books was delayed and the summer months will see the release of some great reads, so watch this space!