About me



My first book The Last Act of Love is about the life and death of my brother. It was shortlisted for The Wellcome Prize and The Portico Prize and was a Sunday Times bestseller. My second is called A Manual for Heartache and 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. I am currently finished a book about the comfort and joy of books called Dear Reader which will come out in 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 at festivals and residential courses for Arvon. I have just created a online memoir writing course with Curtis Brown Creative which can be found here. And I’m doing a course in October with my genius friend Janine up near Kelso here.

I have recently rejoined Twitter after a time away when I accidentally permanently deactivated myself. I can be found at @catrentzenbrink and I do very much love hearing from people so do please get in touch 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 is currently writing a book about 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.