Australian writer of books for younger readers, young adults, verse novels and poetry.

Catherine Bateson is a poet and writer for young adults and younger readers.

She lives in Kallista with her husband, a rescue dog called Winter,  a wide assortment of tropical fish and whichever children have moved back home as well as her octogenarian mother.

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The Hodgepodge, a writer's journal

  • Saturday at Through the Looking Glass

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    I was affronted, turning up this morning to help out at Through the Looking Glass, our local secondhand bookshop, that someone had put Karen Joy Fowler’s  novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves out on the bargain book table. I repressed an urge to reinstate it on the fiction shelves and mark it at the […]

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  • From the book stacks

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    I had a completely valid reason to spend too much money on books this week. So my daughter and I organised a trip in from the outskirts and it was one of those post-lockdown shocks to find ourselves browsing in shops after so much months waiting for parcels to arrive. I bought a pair of […]

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Book Reviews

5 stars
  • For Star:

    Star is an endearing first person narrator who will have the reader cheering for good things to happen to her. At times she is, as her mother accuses, self centred, but this adds to the sense of realism...
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  • For Hanging Out:

    The rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne is explored and gently rocked. Catherine Bateson points out that home is where family and friends are, that the rest is just bonus...
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