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 'Woman Alive', March 2018
Bishop Lane looks back on her appointment three years ago as the first female bishop in the Church of England.

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 reviewed

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 21st March, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
We now look forward to talking to Joanna Cannon about her wonderful new novel 'Three Things About Elsie' in March. Currently this event is SOLD OUT!
Monday 9th April, 9.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
The inspirational cookery writer presents her new book 'How to Eat a Peach', all about menus, stories and places.
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.
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Most recent events

Thursday 11 January 2018
Journalist Robert Peston visited Woodbridge to help us make sense of recent events, introducing his new book 'WTF'.
Monday 6 November 2017
The bestselling novelist will be discussing her stunning new memoir 'I Am, I Am, I Am'..



Based on a True Story
by Delphine de Vigan
A book about friendship, writing and the boundary between reality and fantasy. Is this a novel? A thriller? A memoir? What will you decide? Come along to share your view. We're meeting a week later than usual, skipping a February date.
Monday, 5 March 2018 - 8:00pm

Woodbridge Primary School

by Piers Torday
The Year 6 pupils have been reading this together over five weeks this term, and found it an 'action-packed page-turner'.

Book reviews

Look out for

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 disappoint.
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A stunning book for young readers. Powerful, challenging and incredibly sad, as this explores racism in the US. Published in April 2018.

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 Claire Tomalin
A fascinating and moving account of the life of this respected biographer, beautifully written.
Review date: 16.09.17

For children

by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Grace and Bee's parents have died suddenly and the two girls are dealing with their deaths very differently. A charming, beautiful and moving...
Review date: 07.02.18
by Piers Torday
Review date: 31.01.18

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...

The Keeper of Lost Things
by Ruth Hogan

Explore my archive of audio reviews for
BBC Radio Suffolk listed here

We have just read.....

Dangerous Crossing
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...
- including an interview with the author.

My blog

Wednesday 6 December 2017

My Christmas list!

It was my idea of heaven yesterday when I joined Lesley Dolphin on the Afternoon Programme at BBC Radio Suffolk to present my recommendations for books for Christmas!

And this year I think the selection of titles is exceptional. There were too many to mention, of course, so I hope people will get in touch if they want to know more. But Lesley dedicated lots of time for me to chatter on about my shortlist of 12 and I hope I gave a broad enough spread for listeners to have some of their Christmas gifts sorted.

So here's top of my list: 'The Poetry Pharmacy' by William Sieghart. A beautiful, bright orange, cloth bound pocket book with a short essay about a 'complaint' on one side and a remedial poem on the other. It's just wonderful!