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.


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Recently published

in 'Coast', July 2018
Catherine Larner picks up her new DSLR camera and seeks advice on getting the perfect shot of Aldeburgh beach

Recently published

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


Forthcoming events

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.
Tuesday 7th August, 1.00pm
at Woodbridge Library
The best-selling crime writer, creator of the DCI Banks mysteries, will be with us for this special lunchtime event.
Friday 9th November, 7.30pm
at Seckford Theatre
The popular tv presenter will speak about her love of walking as she introduces her new book 'Thinking on My Feet'

Most recent events

Thursday 7 June 2018
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 was hugely inspiring.
Tuesday 22 May 2018
The bestselling American author joined us for a lunchtime visit introducing his new thriller 'The Cutting Edge'.
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Introducing her charming second novel 'The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes', Ruth enthralled and entertained us with her accounts of writing, ideas, and approach to life.



Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
by Christie Watson
The winner of the Costa first novel prize in 2011, Christie Watson has recently published a memoir about her nursing career. What will we think of her writing? Join in the friendly discussion over coffee and flapjack, or a glass of wine.
Monday, 25 June 2018 - 8:00pm

Book reviews

Look out for

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 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
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

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...

This is Going to Hurt
by Adam Kay
These diaries of a junior doctor have been described as 'hilarious and heartbreaking'. What will we all think?

We have just read.....

A Talent for Murder
by Andrew Wilson
Could the author pull off this imagined account of Agatha Christie's disappearance in Harrogate? A very enjoyable read!

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.