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

Reporting on the European health and fitness market, I became an industry commentator 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 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


in 'Suffolk', December 2018
Painter Maggi Hambling has produced a book dedicated to her father Harry's own artistic endeavour

Recently published

in 'Suffolk', December 2018
It's Christmas, it's yet another irreverent Eastern Angles festive show, and it's a horror spoof...anything could happen

Recently published

in 'Suffolk', November 2018
Kate Humble, television presenter, environmentalist, and now author of a book on the benefits of walking, returns to Suffolk to spread the word.


Forthcoming events

Tuesday 20th November, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Historians Rob Liddiard and David Sims present their investigation into the landscape of the Suffolk coast during WWII.
Friday 30th November, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Artist and sculptor Maggi Hambling will talk about paintings by her father, Harry Hambling as she introduces a celebration of his work 'A Suffolk Eye'. Tickets £22 and £12.
Friday 7th December, 7.30pm
at Riverside Cinema
Former politician and now award-winning author, Alan Johnson tells the story of growing up with a passion for music. Tickets £20 including a copy of his book 'In My Life: A Music Memoir'.

Most recent events

Monday 12 November 2018
The tv historian and presenter chose Woodbridge as the venue for his first speaking engagement to launch the new book 'On This Day in History', three days ahead of the official publication date!
Friday 9 November 2018
The popular tv presenter visited to share her love of walking as she introduced her new book 'Thinking on My Feet'
Friday 14 September 2018
The much-loved novelist visited to talk about his new book 'Take Nothing With You', and his love of music, with Catherine Larner. Tickets £23 inc the book.

Keeping in touch

Each month I send out an e-newsletter giving details of the author events I'm hosting in Woodbridge and beyond, as well as my reading recommendations, author interviews and details of other book-related activity which I hope might be of interest. If you'd like to receive this please sign up here.



The Lie of the Land
by Amanda Craig
An enthralling commentary on life today looking at money and marriage, countryside and city life, full of suspense and humour, the reviewers say. What will we think? Join in the discussion over a glass of wine, or coffee and flapjack.
Monday, 26 November 2018 - 8:00pm

Book reviews

Look out for

by Nell Stevens
The author opens her heart as she details her obsession with a man destined never to fulfill her hopes and desires, and she presents her devotion and admiration for a writer whose life she mirrors for one tip-top time.

My recent recommendations

by Libby Page
A gentle but powerful tale of friendship, community and determination.
Review date: 05.07.18
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

For children

by Paola Peretti
A charming, poignant tale of a young girl who is facing the loss of her sight.
Review date: 03.10.18
by Ally Sherrick
Set in wartime Suffolk, steeped in the myths of the Sutton Hoo finds, this is a story of friendship, courage, superstition and faith.
Review date: 25.09.18

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 Librarian
by Salley Vickers

We have just read.....

The Burnt Out Town of Miracles
by Roy Jacobsen
Set in Finland in 1939, this is the story of a man who stays put despite the threat of a Russian invasion. All his neighbours have left. It's a story of ordinary people drawn into war and comes highly recommended, written by an award-winning, bestselling Norwegian novelist. What will we think of it? Join in the discussion on Tues 6 November at 2.30pm

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.