Redbourn author launches novel

Catherine Lawless, author of Beach Hut.

Catherine Lawless, author of Beach Hut. - Credit: Archant

A Redbourn woman is releasing her book this Saturday at a launch party at her home.

Catherine Lawless, 51, of High Street, wrote the novel as a response to living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from a shed her husband had created for her as a home from home.

This meant that Catherine was able to leave the house and still feel well and safe.

The book - Beach Hut - is the result of years of hard work and to mark this she has invited guests who also have had their own significant challenges to deal with. This includes brothers Ryan and Luke Hart, authors of Operation Lighthouse, which tells the tragic experience of their father killing their sister and mother with a sawn-off shot gun before turning it on himself last year.

Catherine met them through the work she has been doing with Women's Aid, who made her campaign champion for her insight into mental health issues.

Catherine said: "I cannot wait until Saturday. I am completely excited about this launch."