Canvey Islander reviews How to Find Your Way Home

My latest novel How to Find Your Way Home is partly set on the marshlands of Canvey Island, Essex in the 80s and 90s. It’s always a gamble to set a book somewhere unfamiliar to you (until research means it is not unfamiliar of course.) So, I was thrilled when Graham Stevens who lives on Canvey himself shared this review he’d written for the website Many thanks go to Graham and the people of Canvey for reading! All mistakes are mine.

It’s an enjoyable read and I endorse all the comments on the book cover!

I don’t quite know how I came across this novel but having read a previous review and finding out that a large part of the narrative is based on Canvey I couldn’t resist the idea of reviewing it for the Archive website through my eyes as a long-standing Canvey-ite.

The fundamental storyline is a tale of an older brother and younger sister who are separated in early teenage years and nearly 20 years later are re-united by coincidence.

The story is based on them growing up on Canvey in the 1990s. However, the Canvey portrayed by the author is NOT of an island surrounded by a high concrete flood protecting wall with a population (Total then approx. 30,000) commuting to London and surrounding Essex. No, this is a romantic notion of the island, more reminiscent of my 1950s childhood when it was a much smaller semi-rural place that has evolved through time, surrounded by marshes to its west, north and east. But as you will realise, this description is absolutely necessary to evoke the atmosphere of the narrative!

Stephen, the older brother is introduced by his biological father to the surrounding wildlife when he is very young as they walk together on the marshes. He becomes a bit of a loner, absorbed in the bird life but particularly infatuated by the annual arrival of the Swifts to nest at the fictitious Memorial Hall. As soon as he considers she is old enough, he involves his sister in his lonely forays ‘birding’ on the marshes.

Emily is so influenced by her brother’s interests that she is willing to follow him everywhere. As stated in my preamble, they suffer from the divorce of their parents and although still together go to live with their mother and stepfather still on Canvey and still trying to carry on their childhood adventures. At this point I’ll leave you to read and enjoy Katy Regan’s warm-feeling exposure of the thoughts and emotions of her sibling characters as the story is skilfully unravelled.

Review by Graham Stevens.

How to Find Your Way Home Book Club Kit

How to Find Your Way Home by Katy ReganHello readers!

And Happy New Year. How can it be 2022? I know I am not the only one who feels like one minute it was 2018, then we disappeared down some vortex where time was simultaneously sped up and slowed down (if that’s even possible) and it’s suddenly 2022.

To say it’s been a strange, difficult time is obviously an understatement (not to mention an obvious one) I am just so happy and grateful to be starting this new year with exciting things ahead. I’ve got a new book out – finally! How To Find Your Way Home was actually started before the pandemic, but is perhaps aptly entitled to reflect the national consciousness right now. I sure know I’ve felt like I’ve lost my way at points during the past couple of years!

It took me an age to write, for various reasons, a global pandemic included, but It’s also my most ambitious novel, in that it’s the least autobiographical – being about a homeless birdwatcher 🧐. Because of this, it was very research heavy and also, a much bigger stretch of my imagination! They’re my excuses anyway.
How to find your way home book club kitI won’t say much more, because my American publishers made me the most glorious book-club kit (link here) which says it all and with beautiful graphics. Included in this, is everything from why I wrote the book, to discussion questions for book clubs. On that note, if you do happen to choose How to Find Your Way Home for your book club, firstly, that would be amazing 🤩, thank you! And also, I would LOVE to know what you think, so please let me know/send me a photo of your book club buddies with the book.

How to Find Your Way Home is published in the U.K. on February 3rd. You can pre-order it from and on
It is published in the U.S. on February 15th. You can pre-order it here:

Katy Regan at BerkoFest Book Festival 2021!

Katy Regan at BerkoFest Book Festival 2021!
What a thrill to be back in the real world, talking to real live audiences about books and writing! I’ll be just one of the authors appearing at the BerkoFest book festival, (in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, where I live) on Sunday, November 7th. The line up is excellent with something for everyone, from Alexei Sayle, to Lisa Jewell, to A.L.Kennedy and Simon Mayo. It’s not too late to book your tickets on the link above. If you’re in or around the Berkhamsted area on Sunday, we’d love to see you!

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Lucy Diamond and Katy Regan ‘in conversation’ at The Cottage in the Wood

Event Klaxon! 26TH SEPTEMBER, 2019. I’ll be talking books, writing, and how to get published at the gorgeous Cottage in the Wood hotel in the Malvern Hills.
Lucy Diamond and Katy Regan ‘in conversation’ at The Cottage in the Wood
Sunday Times bestselling author Lucy Diamond and Marie Claire journalist-turned-novelist Katy Regan will be ‘in conversation’ at The Cottage in the Wood on 26 September during a literary lunch. This fun and sociable event is open to anyone who has an interest in writing, humorous storytelling and down-to-earth discussion.

One of several events to celebrate The Cottage in the Wood’s centenary this year, the literary lunch will be very relaxed with Lucy and Katy chatting about their latest books, careers and experiences, followed by a book signing and lunch in the popular 1919 Restaurant.

Lucy’s newly published novel Something to Tell You is a story of talented illustrator Frankie’s journey to Yorkshire to trace her father, dealing with shock revelations and threats to her own happiness with her partner Craig along the way.

Little Big Love, Katy’s fifth novel (also published internationally) sees ten-year-old Zac embark on a heartfelt journey to find his dad, hoping to give his mum a second chance at love.

During the conversation, Lucy and Katy will chat about what inspires them, the peaks and challenges of their careers thus far, and will be happy to answer any questions about their books from budding writers.

Tickets costs £5 including refreshments, and £25 including a two-course lunch crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The event starts at 11am with lunch served at 12:30pm on Thursday 26 September. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Cottage in the Wood.


As an author, part of my job involves talking about and publicising my own books, but also spreading the book love in general. This means talking at literary festivals and salons, as well as being invited to talk to aspiring writers, readers and general literature enthusiasts at library and book club events. These first pictures were taken last September at Berkofest – an annual culture festival held in my hometown of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (known as Berko to us Berks!) There was music, food and much more, but also a Waterstones tent where various authors including myself took to the stage to talk about a variety of things from: Is the Psychological Thriller Dead? To, How to Get Published (the event I was talking at with fellow authors) and Writing for Children.
taken last September at Berkofest
That event was so successful that this year, in May 2019, the inaugural Berkofest Bookfest took place – the very first, pure literary festival (as opposed to a general cultural festival) the town has ever seen. It was a great success, with the line-up including authors covering all genres and for age groups from M.G.Leonard (author of Beetle Boy) to Erin Kelly, mistress of the psychological thriller, Sunday Times bestselling authors Lisa Jewell and Rowan Coleman and comedian and children’s author, Olaf Falafel.

I did an event with my editor, Sam Humphreys called ‘The Journey to Publication’ which took the audience right through the process from the publishing house (in my case Pan Macmillan) buying the book from the agent (in my case, Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates) to how a book is edited, publicised and eventually ends up on the shelves of your local supermarket or book shop. It was a brilliant, inspiring day, drawing aspiring writers and avid readers alike, who all asked such interesting and pertinent questions about all things book-related.
Berkofest Bookfest
Our local branch of Waterstones were on site to sell books which the authors signed, and there was a book tombola and events on subjects ranging from aromatherapy to photography and even a comedy improv workshop for the kids. Our local cemetery was open as a space to explore the rich literary heritage of our town.

The date for next year’s Berkofest Bookfest is May 10th 2020 and we hope to secure a similarly brilliant line up of authors and speakers. I am on the festival committee so watch this space for more details…..As well as for details of other festivals and events I shall be appearing at. If you’d like to book me for an event, please email my agent