Hi, I’m Catherine Bruton – a novelist, journalist, teacher and author of multi-award nominated fiction for children and young adults, including ‘No Ballet Shoes in Syria’ (Winner of the 2019 National Book Tokens #BooksAreMyBag Readers’ Awards for Children’s Fiction and The Times Children’s Book of the Week: ‘a moving, textured story … Ballet Shoes for the 21st Century’) and ‘We Can be Heroes’ now a family feature, starring Alison Steadman and Phil Davies, as well as my latest novel ‘Another Twist in the Tale’ (a rip-roaring sequel to Charles’ Dickens ‘Oliver Twist’ set in Victorian London and featuring Oliver’s long lost twin sister!).  Please visit my Books page to find out more about it.  Below is a short introduction to the book coming out November 5th 2020.

and another reading later on in the story:

Here you can find out all about me, my writing, my award-winning novel No Ballet Shoes in Syria (‘Wise, kind and unputdownable’ – Costa Winner, Hilary McKay) my critically acclaimed debut We Can be Heroes (‘Remarkable – witty, wise and compelling’ – The Sunday Times) the follow- up Pop! (which earned me the title ‘One of the finest teen writers of recent years’ – The Guardian) as well as the multi- award nominated I Predict a Riot (‘Powerful, thought-provoking, gripping’ – The Telegraph). Find out more about the film adaption of We Can Be Heroes, described as ‘an important film for the UK … a thought-provoking essay on what is happening in our country’ (The Edinburgh Reporter).

You can also find out all about my latest novel ‘Another Twist in the Tale’ . You may have heard the story of Oliver Twist – the boy who asked for more, the reluctant burglar, the orphan who became heir to a fortune. But what few know is that there was a second twist – a girl, brought into the world moments ahead of her brother. This is the story of Twill Twist. Rediscover the Artful Dodger, Fagin and Oliver Twist himself, along with a host of fantastic new heroes and villains, in this brilliantly-imagined, rip-roaring sequel to Dickens’ much-loved classic!

You can check out what I’m up to on my blog and find out how to contact me. I can be booked for workshops/events in schools or book festivals and love hearing from fans of my work.



2 Responses to HOME

  1. Dave McLaughlin says:

    Hi Catherine,

    Firstly, can I just say how much I enjoyed reading No Ballet Shoes. It is a heartbreaking, hopeful, lovely story.

    I loved it so much that I’ve managed to get my head teacher to buy 240 copies so that all of year 8 can read it in my school during their registration sessions.

    Do you do many school visits or Twitter interviews, Skype interviewers? I’m sure they would get a real thrill out of hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Dave McLaughlin
    Walker Riverside Academy

    • catherineB says:

      Dear Dave
      I am soooo sorry – for some reason this message never reached me and I’ve only jsut found it. I am so thrilled that you shared the book with your students and, if you do so again, I would be more than happy to do a Skype interview. Email me next time catherine_bruton@msn.com and please forgive my rudeness in not responding sooner!

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