As a writer and editor, I have enjoyed many years meeting and interviewing many fascinating people, and visiting wonderful locations worldwide.

Now that I am largely based in East Anglia, I am indulging 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, and I chair and organise author talks for children and adults.

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 and many more.

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



coming soon

Friday 1st November, 8.00pm
at Woodbridge Library
The award-winning cameraman talks about his extraordinary year following emperor penguins in Antarctica.
Saturday 2nd November, 1.00pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Cricket raconteur will be visiting the bookshop to sign copies of his new book 'My A-Z of Cricket'. Priced £20, the book must be pre-ordered and you can come along on the day from 1-2pm, or collect your signed copy after Henry's visit.

Browsers Book Group

by Ann Patchett
Described as "a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories", what will we make of it? Join in the discussion at Browsers Bookshop over coffee and flapjack.
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 8:00pm

Further ahead

Tuesday 26th November, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Respected journalist and historian Simon Heffer will talk to us about his extensive research into a period that saw appalling suffering and loss, but also astonishing change on the home front, all related in his new book 'Staring at God'.

recent events

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.
Tuesday 24 September 2019
The celebrated author presented his major new work on a legendary and dramatic episode in British History, the raid of the Dambusters.
Monday 16 September 2019
A packed audience enjoyed an entertaining and uplifting conversation with crime writer Martin Walker


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

Book reviews

My recent recommendations

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
by Ruth Jones
When Kate and Callum meet again 20 years after a destructive affair, they make some foolish and devastating decisions.
Review date: 07.08.19
by Samara Levy
A moving, challenging and inspiring account of how a young mother felt led to help the people of Syria, and how the vision grew.
Review date: 27.07.19
by Catrina Davies
A beautiful, inspiring and thoughtful book about housing and what it means to be at home.
Review date: 23.07.19

For children

by Anna Fargher
A beautifully written animal adventure set in World War II, with tragedy and heroism in equal measure.
Review date: 30.04.19
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.
Review date: 07.04.19

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...

The Butterfly Room
by Lucina Riley

We have just read.....

My blog

Wednesday 18 September 2019

The end of the summer

After taking a bit of summer break from organising author events this year, we were back on track with a sell out audience for the fabulous Martin Walker this week.

These lunchtime crime writer sessions at Woodbridge Library are always well received, but this time we found ourselves hearing more about Burgundy than bodies as Martin delighted us with his descriptions of life at home in France. The food, the drink, the gardening, friendships, culture and way of life sounded wonderful, and of course it is all replicated in Martin's marvellous Death in the Dordogne series of books about Bruno the chief of police.