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



coming soon

Tuesday 7th April, 2.45pm
at Woodbridge Community Hall
Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus, this event will no longer take place.
Friday 15th May, 7.30pm
at Woodbridge Community Hall
Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus, this event will no longer take place.

Talking with Lesley

on BBC Radio Suffolk, Wednesday 8 January.

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'.

We talk together about the book we have just read, and the one we'll be discussing next month as well as all other things book related!


Browsers Book Group

Due to the current situation regarding coronavirus, this event could no longer take place in the bookshop but instead we met on 30th March as an online virtual book group! Click here to read all your comments.

Lost Children Archive
by Valerie Liuselli
We are unable to meet in person, so hope to have a discussion online on Monday 27 April at 8pm. Take a look here nearer to the time for more details!
Monday, 27 April 2020 - 8:00pm

recent events

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'.


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

Book reviews

My recent recommendations

by Kate Murphy
So many of today's problems could be resolved if we'd just listen more carefully to each other. Lots of lightbulb moments in this...
Review date: 22.02.20
by Esther Rutter
Taking a year to explore knitting throughout the British Isles - a beautifully executed account of a journey through social history and creativity.
Review date: 22.02.20
by Katherine May
A fascinating and thought-provoking memoir inviting us all to take time out to regroup and recuperate.
Review date: 17.02.20
by Virginia Nicholson
A fascinating presentation of what the events and movements of this decade really meant to women's lives at the time.
Review date: 19.01.20

For children

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 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 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 (or Wednesday!) 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 Binding
by Bridget Collins

We have just read.....

My blog

Monday 17 February 2020

Weathering the storm

I hope you've been safe and warm through the visits by Ciara and Dennis in recent days - open fires, steaming cups of tea and toast, and a comfy chair as you curl up with a good book, perhaps?