About me



I was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire, lived in London for a couple of decades and have now returned to Cornwall. My first book The Last Act of Love is about the life and death of my brother. My second is called A Manual for Heartache is a broader look at sorrow, anguish, despair, loss and how to try to live with the knowledge that the world can be a cruel place. Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books will be out in September 2020.

I am very proud to be a contributor to Kit de Waal’s Common People anthology. My essay on darts was serialised in the Guardian and can be read here.

I speak and write regularly on life, death, love and literature on TV, radio and in print. I review books for The Times, write a column for Prospect and present The Bookseller podcast. I am often to be found interviewing authors at festivals and in bookshops, which I love. There’s a special thing that can happen in a live event…

I love teaching and often do workshops and residential courses. I have just created a online memoir writing course with Curtis Brown Creative which can be found here.

I have recently rejoined Twitter after a time away when I accidentally permanently deactivated myself. I can be found at @catrentzenbrink. I continue to feel a bit wary about social media but I do very much love hearing from people so do please get in touch with me via the contact button if you wish.

My biog:

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache and Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books. She speaks and writes regularly on life, death, love, literature, literacy and mental health, and is often to be found doing bookish events at festivals, in shops and libraries, and in prisons. In previous lives Cathy worked for The Bookseller, The Reading Agency, Quick Reads, Waterstones and The Bell & Crown Inn. Despite her books being shortlisted for various prizes, the only thing Cathy has ever won is the Snaith and District Ladies Darts Championship when she was 17. She is now sadly out of practice.