About me



I am a reader and a writer and have now written two books. The first is The Last Act of Love about the life and death of my brother, and the 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 speak and write regularly on life, death, love and literature on TV, radio and in print. I review books and and 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 don’t do any social media anymore because I don’t like the way it makes me feel. 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.