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

Reporting and commenting on the European health and fitness market, I became an industry expert and I have written extensively about health clubs, gyms, the spa market and leisure industry in the UK, Europe and USA. Interviews with business leaders, politicians and decision-makers included Sir Richard Branson, Tom Peters and David Lloyd.

Now I also specialise in profiling and promoting authors and artists for magazines, websites and radio. Browse this website for my articles on Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Antony Gormley, Rose Tremain, Esther Freud and Cressida Cowell among others.

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, Katherine Grainger, Alan Johnson MP and many more.

I hope you will enjoy reading this selection of my articles, reviews and recommendations.


My current work

Just published

in 'Country Living', May 2018
The bestselling novelist talks about turning her bedroom into a stable and swapping urban living for a rural home

Recently published

in 'Suffolk', February 2018
When it comes to politics and finance, Robert Peston is the man with his finger on the nation's pulse. Or is he? Catherine Larner reports.

Recently recommended

by Jane Harper
Five women go into the Australian bush, but only four return. With tension, suspense and great scene-setting, this follow up to The Dry doesn't...
Review date: 08.02.18


Forthcoming events

Wednesday 2nd May, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Introducing her charming second novel 'The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes', Ruth will talk about writing, inspiration, and life.
Tuesday 22nd May, 1.00pm
at Woodbridge Library
The bestselling American author is joining us in Woodbridge to talk about his new thriller 'The Cutting Edge'.
Wednesday 25th July, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
This new Essex-based thriller about the police in the 1980s, steps into the Suffolk countryside. James will explain his inspiration, and tell us more about his bestselling prequels to the DI Frost novels by RD Winfield.

Most recent events

Monday 9 April 2018
The inspirational cookery writer presented her new book 'How to Eat a Peach', all about menus, stories and places.
Thursday 11 January 2018
Journalist Robert Peston visited Woodbridge to help us make sense of recent events, introducing his new book 'WTF'.



Peculiar Ground
by Lucy Hughes-Hallet
A huge, funny, sensuous and haunting book, according to reviewers, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. What do you think of it? Join in the discussion at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge.
Monday, 30 April 2018 - 8:00pm

Book reviews

Look out for

by Anne Youngson
A charming innocence of a correspondence between strangers. Confidences are struck through revelations of loss and disappointment, and solace and friendship results. Delightful, and moving. Published in May 2018.

My recent recommendations

by Leila Slimani
The horrific murder of two young children opens this compelling tale of a family with the perfect nanny.
Review date: 31.01.18
by Rachel Rhys
A captivating tale of passengers embarking on an ocean liner to Australia in 1939. War will soon be declared, and all have their own disappointments...
Review date: 02.01.18

For children

by Ally Sherrick
A story of violence, cruelty and betrayal, while also celebrating courage, loyalty and friendship. Stunning!
Review date: 17.04.18
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A stunning book for young readers. Powerful, challenging and incredibly sad, as this explores racism in the US.
Review date: 10.02.18

On the radio

BBC Radio Suffolk

Catherine at BBC Radio SuffolkOn the first Tuesday of each month, at 2.30pm, Catherine reviews a book on the BBC Radio Suffolk afternoon programme with Lesley Dolphin. The following month they discuss the book and include comments from listeners.

Lesley's Readers are reading...

Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty
A retired couple take a short break in Amsterdam. But the sightseeing is interrupted by troubling memories. With humour and sadness, conflict and...

We have just read.....

Slow Horses
by Mick Herron
What happens when spies don't make the grade? They become Slow Horses, according to Mick Herron and this, his first in a number of books about...

My blog

Tuesday 10 April 2018

A peach of an evening

Spring may still be struggling to break through the Suffolk mist, but we had our own slice of sunshine in the bookshop this week.

Sunday Telegraph cookery writer, Diana Henry visited Woodbridge to present her beautiful new book of 'menus, stories and places', called 'How to Eat a Peach'.

Sipping Prosecco, we were all held spellbound as she regaled us with tales of Mediterranean meals, childhood ambitions to Cordon Bleu, and a love of lighthouses.