An Evening with Cathy Rentzenbrink

We are thrilled to be able to bring to the north east, editor, former director of Quick Reads and much acclaimed author Cathy Rentzenbrink for an evening with to be held in the shop on Wednesday 5th July.

Doors open at 6:30 and we start at 7:00.

Get in touch for more details and don't miss the opportunity to hear what Cathy has to say about writing, the book trade and having to answer the questions instead of ask them!

Cathy Rentzenbrink was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London, where she works as a writer and journalist. She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Last Act of Love, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.


Tickets for this event are £5 redeemable against a copy of A Manual for Heartache and includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

'When my life turned upside down, this is the book I wish I could have read. If anyone you know is in the depths of grief, A Manual for Heartache can show you how to be the friend they need'  Decca Aitkenhead

‘Cathy Rentzenbrink is a light in the dark. I can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this book to’  Jenny Colgan


I’m not a doctor, a therapist, a philosopher, a priest or an expert on anything. I’m just a human being who has thought a lot about how to be alive in this world. I don’t want this to be difficult or sad. I poured the details of my anguish into my first book, but this is one that I hope you could safely give to someone without worrying about pushing them further into the abyss… I think of this book as a verbal cuddle, or a loving message in a bottle – tossed into the sea to wash up at the feet of someone in need. Take from it what you will… I wrote this for myself, but also for you, so that even as your heart breaks and aches, and you can’t imagine how you will ever feel better, you can know you are not alone.


Heartache is human: over the course of our lives, we all encounter sadness and loss. But what do we say when the worst has happened to someone we love – and how do we cope when it happens to us? 


With boundless warmth and compassion, Cathy Rentzenbrink shares her experiences of living with heartache and looking for hope and joy in a cruel world. The result is a survival guide for hard times; a book that will shine a chink of light into a dark day and remind you that you are not alone.