Catharine Withenay


Catharine has variously worked as a waitress, shop assistant, general office employee, church lay worker and accountant before taking up a career as the wife of a doctor. In her spare time she enjoys playing the cello, watching cricket, preaching and winning at board games, but not all at once. She was born and brought up in Yorkshire, educated in Scotland and has also lived in Cambridge and London. Her husband’s career took her to Lusaka, Zambia for two years, but she ended up staying for four. She currently lives near Manchester (which she fully recognises to be The Wrong Side of the Pennines).

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Beware the Falling Avocados
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,740. Language: British English. Published: June 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In Beware the Falling Avocados, Catharine returns with her family to Lusaka, Zambia ready to contend with cockroaches, prepared to cope with fuel and water shortages and keen to tour the country with The Bishop and The Professor… She makes plans to settle down, but an unexpected turn of events throws them all into confusion.
In the Shade of the Mulberry Tree: A year in Zambia
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,120. Language: British English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Moving to Africa with two young children was not what Catharine had planned to do with her life, particularly given her fear of malaria and tropical diseases. But following her husband to Zambia, she contends with poverty and potholes, motherhood and mosquitoes, and is variously rescued by goats, nuts, lavender and Sherry. Could she ever come to call this home?

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