C atherine studied English at Oxford then worked for some years as a teacher at St Paul’s Girls School in London before accidentally becoming a journalist after the birth of her son. Six years on, she returned to teaching and continues to contribute regularly to The Times’ feature supplement ‘Times 2’ mainly on parenting, education and health topics, as well as for a variety of other parenting and pregnancy magazines. She lives just outside Bath with her husband, Jonny, and their two young children.
Her first novel Of Silence and Slow Time was published in 2004 and we were delighted to welcome her to our list with a new novel for the young adult market, We Can Be Heroes. World English Language rights sold to Egmont as part of a 2-book deal and it became a summer 2011 publication. The novel was nominated for the Centurion Award, the Redbridge Children’s Book Award, The Carnegie Medal and the Branford Boase Award. And a film of the book, starring Alison Steadman and Phil Davis was released in 2017.
Pop!, Catherine’s second novel published in July 2012, and was followed by I Predict A Riot Summer 2014.
Following her contribution to Badger’s Teen Reads series with S/He (published January 2017) Catherine has contributed two further titles for the Badger list – Me2 and Refugee Kid.
We are now delighted that she has signed with Nosy Crow for three books. No Ballet Shoes In Syria was shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Awards 2019 and won the children’s category for the Books are my Bag Award, The Middle East Children’s Book Prize 2020 and the Cheshire Children’s Book Award 2020. Another Twist in the Tale was published in November 2020 and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Sheffield Children’s Book Award. Following Frankenstein will make its appearance in October 2021. The Publisher holds world rights.