Cover1Hello! This is my site, I’m Catherine Johnson and I’m a writer and screenwriter.

I’ve  written lots of books for young readers including Arctic HeroA Nest of Vipers and Face Value.

My newest book is published in October 2013 and if Nest of Vipers was Hustle with teenagers in the 18th century, this one is Silent Witness. It’s 1792 and 16 year old Ezra McAdam is an apprentice surgeon and anatomist. He’s used to dealing with the cadavers that come into his Master’s lecture room, and he can read a dead body as thoroughly as you or I can read a book. When a corpse comes in with a strange tattoo it sets Ezra off on a wild adventure he really would rather not have.  From the drinking dens of London’s resurrection men to the operating theatres of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, join Ezra and sword-happy magician’s assistant Loveday Finch as they hurry to stop an international catastrophe.

Malorie Blackman, Children’s laureate, says, ‘Superbly written – a real page turner.’ I am SO proud of that quote!


I also have a story out in this anthology, Daughters of Time out in the spring, there are stories by Mary Hoffman, Celia Rees, Penny Dolan and many more.

My Film and TV work includes Bullet Boy directed by Saul Dibb and Rough Crossings with Simon Schama for BBC2. Last year I was accepted onto the last ever BBC Writers’ Academy led by John Yorke and my first ever Holby City goes out this October.

I’ve also written for Radio and my play, Fresh Berries, was on Radio 3 earlier this year. It was nominated for the prestigious Prix Italia and the Imison Award for Radio Drama.