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Sunday 21 June 2020

Brighton-Based Author Offers Up The Scoop On An Intense Rollercoaster Ride Through Dangerous & Beautiful Places

Cat Walker is a Brighton-based author, who, having lived and travelled all over the world, has come to rest (for now) in sunny Saltdean, where she lives with her wife and baby son. 

Brighton has been a source of inspiration for Cat's writing, and a local hockey team recently became the subject of (probably) the world"s first lesbian field hockey musical Honeybees: The Musical co-written and directed by Cat, which sold out performances in Brighton, Eastbourne and the famous RADA Studios (formerly the Drill Hall) off the West End of London.

But her greatest dream has been to become a published novelist. 

After thirteen years of rejection letters this dream finally came true this year… only to happen in the middle of a pandemic!

Publishing during these unpresented times has been a strange experience for both authors and publishers, but they firmly believe that many people are looking to books for some escapism from the news of the corona virus, especially if the story takes you on an adventure around the world, to exotic places like Kathmandu and Tibet.

The Scoop is a bright and funny character-led novel which takes its readers on an inspiring search for the meaning of life, written with wit and warmth, and has, by Brighton-based comedian Zoe Lyons, been called "a wonderful tale of journeys, both geographical and emotional, that will keep you entertained at every turn."

The story follows its main characters through some of the most beautiful and dangerous parts of the world.

In the novel Casey Jones is unfulfilled. Her charity job depresses her, her parents confuse her, and she has repeated nightmares about her ex-girlfriend. 

In a moment of sudden clarity she chucks in her job, contacts her old schoolfriend, Danny, and they plan a pilgrimage of sorts to find some real meaning in their lives.

What she didn't plan for was an extra passenger in the shape of Danny's estranged 12-year-old son, Ari, who has problems of his own.

The three of them are thrown together for an intense rollercoaster ride through Europe and Asia"s most beautiful and dangerous places, allowing the history and culture they encounter to change the way they see the world, and each other.
Think: Sophie's World on wheels.

Cat Walker's debut novel The Scoop is out now. For more info visit 

by: Mike Cobley


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Credit Phoebe Wingrove

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