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 also 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. Scroll down to read my blog with suggestions for Christmas, or click here.

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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, Tuesday 3rd December.

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'.

This month as well as talking about the book we have just read, and the one we'll be discussing next month, we had a longer conversation which you can listen to here.

We concluded our chat with some book suggestions for Christmas and you can listen to this part here and read about them in my blog here.



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 Emily Maitliss
A funny, warm and accessible insight into what's involved in interviewing people making the news, from the 'Newsnight' presenter.

My recent recommendations

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 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 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 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 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 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...

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.

We have just read.....

by Michelle Paver
A gothic novel with a disturbing and haunting Suffolk setting. Motherless Maud battles with a world full of superstition, folklore and legends and a father whose obsession is taking him to madness. A terrifying but gripping read, powerfully told.

My blog

Thursday 5 December 2019

Christmas is coming!

I love this time of year when we can draw the curtains, light the fire and hunker down with a good book.

We're spoilt for choice this year with some fantastic novels, memoirs and children's books to choose from. So it was even more difficult to select just a few recommendations for Lesley Dolphin as we met on the BBC Radio Suffolk Afternoon Programme this month to consider gifts for Christmas.

Of course I got carried away in my descriptions, so I didn't mention as many books as I intended. But I've listed them here and you can click and follow the links to my reviews, if you'd like to know more! And listen again to our chat here.