Welcome

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.

Catherine

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Recently published

in 'Suffolk', June 2018
Writer Michael Ondaatje draws on his love of the Suffolk countryside with his latest novel, Warlight

Recently published

in 'Woman Alive', June 2018
Former CIA counterterrorism expert Michele Rigby Assad talks about living to fulfil our potential

Events

Forthcoming events

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'.
Thursday 7th June, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
A story of late love and second chances. Described by one reviewer as 'warm-hearted' and 'clear-minded'. This is Anne's first novel, and her story of being published at 70 is hugely inspiring. Come and meet her!
Thursday 14th June, 7.00pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Celebrating the publication of the final book in Emily's Golden Apple trilogy, retelling Greek myths. Come and join us - free to attend.
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'.

BOOK GROUPS

BROWSERS

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
Barack Obama named this as one of his favourite books in 2017. What will we make of it? Join in the friendly discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine.
Monday, 4 June 2018 - 8:00pm

Woodbridge Primary School

Boy 87
by Ele Fountain
The Year 6 Book Group at Woodbridge Primary were gripped by this story finding it sad and funny, interesting and affecting.

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.
by Keith Stuart
A delightful escapist read about the power of theatre and stories, friendship, and hope. Published in June 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 Ele Fountain
Review date: 18.05.18
by Ally Sherrick
A story of violence, cruelty and betrayal, while also celebrating courage, loyalty and friendship. Stunning!
Review date: 17.04.18

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...

A Talent for Murder
by Andrew Wilson

We have just read.....

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...

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.