More about books

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As a writer and editor, I have enjoyed many years meeting and interviewing many fascinating people, and visiting wonderful locations worldwide. Take a look at my website here for an archive of my published articles.

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

I've organised visits to Woodbridge by Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, Victoria Hislop, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Mosse, Deborah Moggach, Maggie O'Farrell, Michael Morpurgo, Robert Peston, Kate Humble, Max Hastings and many more.

I've interviewed Simon Mayo for the First Light Festival; Simon Garfield, Anna Pavord and Melissa Harrison for The Cut Halesworth; Louise Doughty, Salley Vickers and Esther Freud for Felixstowe Book Festival; Barbara Erskine and Alan Johnson MP for Suffolk Libraries, as well as authors for Lavenham Literary Festival, FolkEast and the HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh.

For more than 10 years I co-hosted 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. 

In 2008 I launched an open book club in Woodbridge and we have been meeting each month ever since.

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
Catherine

What's on

I am always planning new events but at the moment I have nothing quite ready to announce.

Events Archive

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

Listening in

For more than 10 years I co-hosted a monthly book club on BBC Radio Suffolk with the presenter Lesley Dolphin. You can listen to past discussions here.

Book Groups

WOODBRIDGE
I've been hosting an open Book Group in Woodbridge for the past 17 years. We used to meet in the town's bookshop but are now gathering in a hall just off the Thoroughfare. Please ​​​​sign up for the weekly e-newsletter here to receive details. 

Transcendent Kingdom
by Yaa Gyasi
Exploring love, loss and redemption, family, faith, science and immigration, and the opioid crisis, this novel moves from Ghana to Alabama in the American South, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize in 2021. What will we think of it?
Monday, 26 February 2024 - 8:00pm

FRAMLINGHAM
I'm leading a monthly adult book group at the fabulous Ottie and the Bea children's shop in Framlingham. You can find out about how to join in the meeting and sign up here or call in to the shop to learn more and browse the wonderful selection of children's books and gifts. The book we are reading this month is

The Romantic
by William Boyd
A 'panoramic' novel taking in the whole life of the soldier, farmer and father Cashel Greville Ross and his travels around the world in the nineteenth century, from this much-loved writer, William Boyd. What will we make of it?
Wednesday, 13 March 2024 - 7:30pm

Reader recommendations

At the end of each year, members of the 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 2023 the titles that were mentioned are listed here.

Buying books

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Book reviews

My recent recommendations

Here are the books I've been enjoying recently, both fiction and non-fiction titles.

Charles Duhigg
Recommended non-fiction
Some people are great at facilitating discussions and aiding decisionmaking. What can we learn from them?
Publication date: 22nd February 2024
Hardback edition
Kim Donovan
Recommended non-fiction
The author investigates the murder of her great-great aunt in Great Yarmouth in the 19th century.
Publication date: 22nd February 2024
Jessica Bull
Novelist Jane Austen finds herself the investigator of a murder when her younger brother is implicated in the crime.
Publication date: 25th January 2024
Hardback edition
Charles Porter
Recommended non-fiction
A very readable book investigating what their choice of clothes say about the artists we know so well, with lots of pictures!
Publication date: 27th May 2021
Tom Hindle
A glamorous setting for a society wedding, but tragic events reveal the lives of power and success aren't all they seemed.
Publication date: 18th January 2024
Hardback edition
Robert Galbraith
Private detective Cormoran Strike and his partner, Robin Ellacott are investigating a religious community in Norfolk. A great read!
Publication date: 26th September 2023
Hardback edition
Claire Keegan
Publication date: 3rd November 2022
George Saunders
Recommended non-fiction
The Booker-winning author unpicks seven short stories by Russian writers and shows us how to read and write. Brilliant!
Publication date: 19th April 2022
Rory Stewart
Recommended non-fiction
Rory Stewart tracks his entry into politics and ministerial roles while sharing his insight into Parliament. Brilliant, enlightening, worrying but...
Publication date: 14th September 2023
Hardback edition
Elly Griffiths
Set largely in a writer's retreat and with a motley crew investigating some suspicious, literary, deaths, it is wonderfully compelling, and...
Publication date: 30th January 2024
Hardback edition
Araminta Hall
Two young women go missing and the man who last saw them is under suspicion. But don't jump to conclusions...
Publication date: 4th January 2024
Hardback edition
Alex Michaelides
A group of friends holiday on an island, but there's a murderer in their midst and we are constantly being wrongfooted as we learn their story.
Publication date: 1st February 2024
Hardback edition

For children

These are my most recent recommendations for children. Click here to see listings by age.

by Charlotte Middleton
A delightful story about a guinea pig with wonderful collage illustrations sharing messages about the environment and cultivation, suitable for...
Publication date: 22nd February 2024
by Phil Hickes
A boarding school ghost story adventure - set in Suffolk!
Publication date: 1st February 2024
by Rachel Bright and illustrated by Nadia Shireen
This is a funny, rhyming story about a snail, Gail the Snail in fact, who has always wanted to go to space and how she manages to achieve it. 
Publication date: 18th January 2024
Hardback edition
by Kes Gray
In Daisy's latest exploits, we learn all about space in class projects, and also how it's best not to replicate the solar system on your...
Publication date: 4th January 2024
by Zeb Soanes and illustrated by James Mayhew
The latest from Gaspard the Fox and his friends, this time we learn new words from Peter the Cat. Brilliant!
Publication date: 10th November 2023
Hardback edition
by Jenny Pearson
A funny, heartwarming time slip adventure where children are tasked with saving Christmas.
Publication date: 9th November 2023
by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by James Mayhew
On their latest adventures, Mouse and Mole go on a country walk, spook themselves in the dark and muse about the meaning of life over a bowl of soup!
Publication date: 31st October 2023
by Sophie Anderson
A magical, wintery tale of relationships won and lost. Very special.
Publication date: 26th October 2023
Hardback edition
by Em Lynas and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Fabulous illustrations of funny and mischievous dogs frolicking through a rhyming alphabet of their favourite activities!
Publication date: 12th October 2023
Hardback edition
by Oliver Jeffers
A powerful, thought-provoking picture book for adults and children about caring for our world.
Publication date: 10th October 2023
Hardback edition

Look out for

These titles will soon be published but are not yet available in the shops. 

by Kim Donovan
Recommended non-fiction
The author investigates the murder of her great-great aunt in Great Yarmouth in the 19th century.
Publication date: 22nd February 2024
by Charles Duhigg
Recommended non-fiction
Some people are great at facilitating discussions and aiding decisionmaking. What can we learn from them?
Publication date: 22nd February 2024
by Charlotte Middleton
Recommended for children
A delightful story about a guinea pig with wonderful collage illustrations sharing messages about the environment and cultivation, suitable for children aged three upwards
Publication date: 22nd February 2024
by Philippa Forrester
Recommended non-fiction
Publication date: 29th February 2024
by CL Miller
Publication date: 29th February 2024
by Sophie Elmhirst
Recommended non-fiction
Publication date: 29th February 2024
by Emily Howes
Publication date: 29th February 2024
by Esther Rutter
Recommended non-fiction
Publication date: 7th March 2024
by Tara French
Publication date: 7th March 2024
by Alexia Casale
Publication date: 14th March 2024
by Susan Smillie
Recommended non-fiction
Publication date: 21st March 2024
by Claire Parkin
Publication date: 21st March 2024
by Olivia Ford
Publication date: 28th March 2024
by Paula Sutton
Publication date: 4th April 2024
by MJ Robotham
Publication date: 11th April 2024
by Erica James
Publication date: 25th April 2024
by Clover Stroud
Recommended non-fiction
Publication date: 9th May 2024
by Sarah Crossan
Publication date: 23rd May 2024

News

Sunday 18 February 2024

Getting the message right

The end of the month is nigh so this is a reminder for the Woodbridge Book Group. If you are planning to come along for our delayed first meeting of the year on Monday 26 February, please reply to this email and I'll confirm the details (it's been a while since we were last together!).

We'll be discussing 'Transcendent Kingdom' by Yaa Gyasi and it'll be interesting to see whether we agree with the praise quotes listed on the cover - it 'really sings', 'a novel for all times', 'absolutely transcendent'. They're not really telling us much are they?