For publicity enquiries:

  Everyone Is Still Alive please contact Leanne Oliver at Phoenix

The Last Act of Love, A Manual For Heartache, Dear Reader please contact Camilla Elworthy at Picador

Write It All Down (Bluebird) please contact Jess Duffy at Macmillan

The_Guardian_2018.svgThe Guardian 

If you want to hit the sweet sleep spot, 

you’ve got to show it some respect

May 1st 2022

The Guardian

3536Fronted adverbials be damned

March 6th 2022

6p7a0440Belfast Telegraph

Author Cathy Rentzenbrink: I thought I had to have all the answers

January 15th 2022

Women’s Prize For Fiction

cathy-rCathy Rentzenbrink: How to silence your inner critic

January 2022

61a79751da59e685905687Cathy Rentzenbrink’s Top Tips to Start a Regular Writing Practice

January 6th 2022

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Bring your story to life – Cathy Rentzenbrink on memoir writing

January 5th 2022

The Guardian

3744We often fail to keep resolutions –

but writing in a notebook brings great rewards

January 2nd 2022

The Observer

5542Write it All Down by Cathy Rentzenbrink review –

an arm around the shoulder for aspiring authors

January 2nd 2022

The Times

_methode_times_prod_web_bin_20ac2e0c-631b-11ec-ab46-99cae2b0f128How to write a memoir — tips from the people who have:

Cathy Rentzenbrink offers her advice on writing,

January 1st 2022


810bb9a4-ec80-0e9e-912b-df66ed3145b7Gift Ideas for the book lovers in your life

featuring Everyone Is Still Alive. 

December 2021


The Irish Times

‘A thought-provoking novel, full of empathetic insight,

Rentzenbrink asks what really matters amidst the complexity of the contemporary world

and guides the reader towards a discovery of what the answer could be.’

October 9th 2021

I News

Woman lying on hammock, reading book, rear view40 best books for summer: from top sellers to cult classics and daring debuts,

featuring Everyone Is Still Alive

July 30th 2021

The Guardian

3333Everyone Is Still Alive by Cathy Rentzenbrink review – the road to redemption

July 12th 2021


The Flock

’20 questions for… author Cathy Rentzenbrink’

July 3rd 2021

44953797-9742069-image-a-37_1625221663015Mail on Sunday

‘Rentzenbrink’s first novel is heartfelt and hopeful, its suburban setting the perfect backdrop to an absorbing drama.’

July 3rd 2021

IMG_3548I-News Interview

‘It is an unusually perceptive and resonant book, Rentzenbrink skilfully showing that there is as much drama in domesticity as there ever could be in, say, Whitehall or the Pentagon.’

July 2nd 2021

1625048694-9781474625500Daily Mail Review of Everyone Is Still Alive

‘Rentzenbrink is a brilliant observer of the minutiae of everyday domestic life, and scalpel-sharp when it comes to the mess and misunderstandings that come with marriage and motherhood.’

July 1st 2021

1625048694-9781474625500Red Magazine: The Best Books to Read This July

‘This tender, astutely observed and gently funny novel navigates grief, infidelity, friendship and all the trials, triumphs and tedium of marriage and child wrangling.’

June 30th 2021

_methode_sundaytimes_prod_web_bin_4ae97a5e-d436-11eb-a220-6b7b44d7fe64The Times Review, Everyone Is Still Alive

‘Perfect for fans of Motherland’

June 27th 2021


Novels and Neurons

The very real science of bibliotherapy and the fascinating ways that reading can change our brains for the better.

Article for Pan Macmillan by Ali Roff Farrar featuring Cathy Rentzenbrink

10th May 2021


Book Brunch: What We Are Reading by David Roche

‘[Everyone Is Still Alive] is kind and real, and it’s funny and touching’

16th April 2021

North Cornwall Book Festival At Home: Cathy Rentzenbrink

Watch Cathy’s short film for North Cornwall Book Festival1020438836_130x73 where she reads from Dear Reader but also talks frankly about the delights and challenges of writing in the bosom of your family.

22nd December 2020

Cathy Rentzenbrink’s favourite Christmas reads

EptL9z8XEAgioW0It’s a wonderful treat to curl up next to the fire with a few Christmas books over the festive period. Here Cathy shares her favourite books to read at Christmas.

27th November 2020

downloadGrenades and Guillotines with Cathy Rentzenbrink
Watch Cathy’s talk here for The Compassionate Friends.
                                                   16th October 2020

1985960_5_articlelarge_Cathy_20Rentzenbrink_20credit_20Peter_20FludeCathy Rentzenbrink on the joy of reading: ‘After the wheel, the book must be one of the great inventions’
Read more in The Irish Examiner
13th October 2020

cathy_0009_rtCathy Rentzenbrink was told “time heals”. The reality of grief, though, proved very different.
Read Cathy’s essay for Jameela Jamil on the unpredictability of grief and the impact early loss had on her life.

4014When comfort reading won’t cut it: books to restore hope in humanity.
From Man’s Search for Meaning to a celebration of life in the face of death, Cathy Rentzenbrink picks the books that confirm her faith in people. Read the full Guardian article here.

28th September 2020

5760Gossips, snacks and the odd proposal: why I loved growing up in a real pub.
With bars in England about to open again, Cathy recalls her teenage years in her parents’ pub in Yorkshire. Read the full article here.
                                              28th June 2020

rentzenbrinkProspect Magazine
Read Cathy’s writing for Prospect Magazine here.
10th December 2019 to 20th August 2018

cathy_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqZgEkZX3M936N5BQK4Va8RWtT0gK_6EfZT336f62EI5U‘I’ve stopped hating myself for being alive.’
Read the full Telegraph interview here.
29th June 2017

5163A Manual for Heartache review – sound advice for the grieving
Read the full Guardian review here.
25th June 2017

_methode_times_prod_web_bin_665f4a48-54ec-11e7-869c-518339a19c7cReview: A Manual for Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Read the full time The Times interview here. 
24th June 2017

5x15-logoA talk for the Wellcome Trust Prize 5 x 15 event

4623Can reading fiction prepare us for tragedy?
Childrens books – author opinion. Read Cathy Rentzenbrink in the Guardian…  

                                   23rd November 2015

25345142Book Week Scotland. Interview with Cathy Rentzenbrink
Interview by LizLovesBooks
Read the full interview…
23rd November 2015

Cathy Rentzenbrink“We read to know we’re not alone”
Review of The Last Act of Love by Northern Soul
Read the full review…
19th November 2015

cathy website imageBrian Viner reviews The Last Act of Love
“Brilliant. moving memoir […] a happy ending in itself”
Read Brian Viner’s full review in the Daily Mail…
9th July 2015

Cathy Rentzenbrink and her brother, Matty, as childrenMatt Haig reviews The Last Act of Love
“Though it seems odd to call a book about loss uplifting, it really is… The book itself feels an act of love”
Read Matt Haig’s full review in the Observer…
5th July 2015

Times summer booksThe Times summer books – non-fiction
‘Guilt, grief, anger, shame, love and hope are all caught in this beautifully written book’
4th July 2015

Cathy Rentzenbrink and her brother, Matty, as children‘I’ll never be free from the feeling that I failed my brother… that I didn’t keep him safe’
Interview with Hannah Stephenson
Read the full interview in the Belfast Telegraph…
4th July 2015

womans hour with viv groskopInterview with Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
(photo with fellow guest Viv Groskop)
Listen now on BBC iplayer (starts 22:15)
3rd July 2015

telegraph article‘Is my pain supposed to be a lesser thing?’
Cathy writes for the Daily Telegraph and reflects on the unspoken hardships of dealing with the death of a brother
Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph
2nd July 2015

foyles‘So many misunderstandings abound about comas’
Cathy Rentzenbrink talks to Jonathan Ruppin on the Foyles blog
Read the interview here…
2nd July 2015

gransnet‘Fates worse than death’
Cathy writes for Gransnet
Read her blog on Gransnet…
2nd July 2015

Prima aug interview‘I’ve known such sadness, but this decade will be all about joy’
Interview in Prima magazine (August 2015 issue)

32rentzenbrink3006a‘It took 13 days for my brother to die — who lets that happen in a civilised society?’
After her brother was hit by a car, Cathy Rentzenbrink’s life fell apart — writing it all down has helped her overcome her grief
Read in the Evening Standard… 30th June 2015

Timesinterview‘My brother never woke up. We had to let him die’
Eight years after her younger brother fell into a coma, Cathy Rentzenbrink made a difficult choice.
Read the full interview in The Times (paywall)…
30th June 2015

thepoolInterview with Sali Hughes on The Pool
“I interviewed @CathyReadsBooks for @thepooluk about The Last Act of Love. AMAZING book. I beg you to listen to this” @salihughes 
Listen to the podcast on The Pool
29th June 2015

sunday expressReview: The Last Act of Love
“Although there is pain on every page, this love letter to a beloved sibling is richly rewarding”
Sunday Mirror
28th June 2015

S magazineReview by Hannah Beckerman: The Last Act of Love
“What makes The Last Act Of Love so special, so readable and ultimately so uplifting is that it is a book as much about courage and hope as it is about loss”
Read more in the Sunday Express…
28th June 2015

YouMag‘How could I say I wanted my brother to die?’
Read an edited extract from The Last Act of Love
Read more in the Mail on Sunday – You magazine…
28th June 2015

sat timesReview by Celia Duncan: The Last Act of Love
“Beautifully written… Rentzenbrink brings an authenticity to the genre”
Read more in The Times (paywall)…
27th June 2015

thepoolSmart, but easy, summer reads
Sam Baker, The Pool: “A story so moving, traumatic and cathartic that you’ll read it all, not just in one sitting, but in one painful, deeply held breath”
Read more in The Pool
26th June 2015

bbcradio5liveInterview on BBC Radio 5 Live
Listen to the programme on BBC iplayer (from 26:20)
25th June 2015 (available until 25th July)

newstatesmanpageReview by Henry Marsh: The Last Act of Love
“It is a great achievement to transform such a terrible, indeed grotesque, story – one of a kind with which, as a neurosurgeon, I am painfully familiar – into something rather beautiful and uplifting.”
Read the full review in New Statesman (print only)
26th June 2015

CathysundaytimesReview by Lucy Atkins: The Last Act of Love
“The book’s real power lies in Rentzenbrink’s skill as a writer…a message of enormous hope for anybody who is going through loss, grief or trauma”
Read more in the Sunday Times (paywall)…
21st June 2015

Cathy Rentzenbrink and her brother, Matty, as children‘If anyone was going to wake from a coma, it was my brother’
Read the first extract from The Last Act of Love
Read more in the Guardian…
20th June 2015

Damian Barr Lit SalonDamian Barr’s Literary Salon
Cathy reads from The Last Act of Love and talks to Damian Barr.
Listen to the free podcast on iTunes…
8th June 2015

Debrief thumbnailHere’s the non-trashy summer books you need to be reading this year
The De-Brief: Alexandra Heminsley’s pick of non-trashy summer reads that you need to take on holiday.
Read more in The De-Brief…
3rd May 2015

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