Catherine grew up in the charming market town/Shakespearian tourist-trap Stratford upon Avon. At eighteen she went to university in Norwich where she ended up staying for ten years (apart from a year in the middle when she lived in Plattsburgh, New York). While in Norwich she worked in a library, a bookshop, and for an organisation campaigning for the rights of garment workers. She also taught American literature and wrote a PhD thesis about the author Sherman Alexie—a real page-turner which, she has on good authority, has been checked out of the university library at least twice.
Currently she lives in East London and, in addition to writing, co-manages a radical independent bookshop in King’s Cross. She’s currently working on the Difficult Second Novel. Her first, Troublemakers, was published in June 2017.
Troublemakers: Fifteen-year-old Alena never really knew her political activist mother, who died when she was a baby. She has grown up with her older half-brother Danny and his boyfriend Nick in the east end of London. Now the area is threatened by a bomber who has been leaving explosive devices in supermarkets. It is only a matter of time before a bomb goes off. Against this increasingly fearful backdrop, Alena seeks to discover more about her past, while Danny takes a job working for a controversial politician. As her family life implodes, and the threat to Londoners mounts, Alena starts getting into trouble. Then she does something truly rebellious.