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', January 2019
Ever wondered about those strange blocks of concrete littered along Suffolk's coast? A new book explores the county's defensive role in the Second World War.

Recently published

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

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

Thursday 31st January, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Meet chef, cookbook author and Evening Standard food columnist Clodagh McKenna at this very special evening in Browsers bookshop.
Wednesday 13th February, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Hugely popular crime writer, Elly Griffiths will introduce 'The Stone Circle' the latest in her series about forensic archaeologist, Ruth Galloway.
Wednesday 20th February, 7.30pm
at Browsers Bookshop
Award-winning writer, Julia Blackburn will share her fascination with Doggerland, the space that links England with Holland, in her new book 'Time Song'.

Most recent events

Tuesday 15 January 2019
The best-selling novelist joined us to introduce her atmospheric gothic mystery set along the Thames.
Friday 7 December 2018
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'.
Friday 30 November 2018
Artist and sculptor Maggi Hambling talked about paintings by her father, Harry Hambling as she introduced a celebration of his work 'A Suffolk Eye'.

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.



by Anna Burns
This year's Man Booker Prize winner has been widely described as a 'challenging' read. Will we agree? Join in the discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine.
Monday, 28 January 2019 - 8:00pm

Book reviews

Look out for

by Beth O'Leary
Leon and Tiffy share a flat and a bed, but they've never met. Is this the perfect solution to the cost of living in London? Published in April

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 Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris

2018 Favourites

On 19th December Catherine talked with Lesley about some of her favourite books in 2018.

Listen to their discussion.

We have just read.....

Christmas at the Beach Hut
by Veronica Henry
with Georgy Jamieson this week

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.