Catherine Hookway

Location: RUISLIP

Membership Grade: Professional Member

Contact Info

Phone: 01895 637905
Email: index@geluli.co.uk

General Experience

I have been a professional indexer since 1998 and have indexed hundreds of books for over 30 different publishers. I originally qualified as a librarian, but have now retrained as a gardener and combine this work with indexing. My qualifications include a philosophy degree, postgraduate diploma in librarianship/information management, diploma in adult education, RHS Level 3 & WRAGS horticulture training. My specialisms include:

Gardening and horticulture, including garden design, garden history, botany, landscape architecture, land management

Natural history, UK wildlife, countryside and the environment

Self-help, mental health and wellbeing

Food, cookery and nutrition

History of all periods, particularly social history

Biographies of all types

Education

Philosophy

 

Subjects

Horticulture

I am a professional gardener, trained at Waterperry School of Horticulture and Chenies Manor. Gardening books are my favourites to index, whether they are on practical horticulture, garden history or design. I also have an interest in wildlife gardening and vegetable growing, and a good knowledge of botanical plant names. Recent indexes include Place-Making: The Art of Capability Brown by John Phibbs (Historic England).

Landscape Architecture

Indexes include Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability by Joshua Zeunert (Bloomsbury) and The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies by Peter Howard and Ian Thompson (Routledge).

Philosophy (All Areas)

I am a philosophy graduate with over 20 years’ experience of indexing nearly 100 books in all areas of philosophy, mostly for an academic-level readership. I have a particular interest in ethics, applied philosophy and political philosophy. Indexes include Central Works of Philosophy, Volumes 1 to 5 ed. John Shand (Acumen), Nietzsche: An Introduction by Gianni Vattimo (Continuum), The New Pragmatism by Alan Malakowski (Routledge), Interventions in Contemporary Thought by Gabriel Rockhill (EUP), Adventures in Transcendental Materialism by Adrian Johnston (EUP).

Ethics

Indexes include Understanding Virtue Ethics by Stan Van Hooft (Acumen), Spaces of Mobility edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Thomas Hoff and Tore Sager (Routledge), Animal Theory by Derek Ryan (EUP), Morality and Public Policy by Clem Henricson (Policy Press). I have a particular interest in practical ethics and environmental ethics.

Aesthetics

Indexes include Practical Aesthetics by Jill Bennett (I.B. Tauris), A New Philosophy of Literature by Nicholas Hagger (O Books)

Politics

Indexes include The Legacy of John Rawls by Thom Brooks (Continuum), Who Can You Trust? by Rachel Botsman (Penguin), Cold War Legacies eds. John Beck and Ryan Bishop (EUP). I am particularly interested in environmental politics, human rights and gender politics.

Natural History

Natural history and wildlife watching is my main leisure interest. I am a member of the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Buglife and my local Wildlife Trust. I have volunteered for various flora and fauna recording and monitoring projects, currently the BTO’s weekly Garden Birdwatch.

Ornithology

Natural history and wildlife watching is my main leisure interest. I am a member of the RSPB and take part in the BTO’s weekly Garden Birdwatch.

Walking

Indexes include Walking Home by Claire Balding (Penguin) and Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape by Mary Ann Ochota (Frances Lincoln).

Self-Help

I have indexed several books in this field, including How to Be Human and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, both by Ruby Wax, and In Your Prime: Older, Wiser, Happier by India Knight.

Wellbeing

Among my wellbeing indexers are six of the books in Acumen’s Art of Living series including Wellbeing by Mark Vernon. I recently indexed the celebrity health book Fitter, Healthier, Happier by Kate Ferdinand (Penguin).

Mental Health

My indexes include Ruby Wax’s A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and How to be Human (Penguin), Antonia White and Manic Depressive Illness by Patricia Moran (EUP).

English Literature

My indexes in this field include The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English (EUP), An Introduction to English Poetry by James Fenton (Penguin), How Good is Your Grammar? by John Sutherland (Short Books) and Writing Nature in Cold War America by Sarah Daw (EUP).

Food and Drink

I have indexed many food and drink titles, both cookery books and others. Titles include Gastrophysics by Charles Spence.

Cookery Books

Cookery books indexed include Fitter, Healthier, Happier by Kate Ferdinand, Passione by Gennaro Contaldo, and a recent series of four Raw Munchies vegan cookery books by Reut Barak.

History (All Areas)

I have indexed a wide variety of history books, which include Hidden Histories by Mary Ann Ochota (Frances Lincoln), London: A Travel Guide Through Time by Matthew Green (Penguin), Robert Adam and His Brothers by Colin Thom (Historic England), The Last Escape by John Nichol and Tony Rennell (Penguin), Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland (Time Warner), Place-Making by John Phibbs (Historic England).

Social History

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Local History

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British History

Indexing experience includes two recent commissions for Historic England, Place-Making by John Phibbs and Robert Adam and His Brothers by Colin Thom.

Pets

Indexes include Top Dog by Kate Bendix (Short Books).

Education (All Areas)

I have completed many education indexes including Teaching English Language Learners in Career and Technical Education Programs by Victor M. Hernández-Gantes (Routledge), Readings for Reflective Teaching by Andrew Pollard (Continuum), Faith in Education eds. Hanan Alexander and Harry Brighouse (Institute of Education), manuals on the National Curriculum for the Central Office of Information, and university and school prospectuses.

Adult Education/Lifelong Learning

I have a diploma in facilitating courses for adults and my indexes include Teaching English Language Learners in Career and Technical Education Programs by Victor M. Hernández-Gantes (Routledge).

Secondary Education

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Teaching

I have indexed several books for teachers including Readings for Reflective Teaching by Andrew Pollard (Continuum) and Faith in Education eds. Hanan Alexander and Harry Brighouse (Institute of Education).


Clients Include

Edinburgh University Press, Penguin, Frances Lincoln, Historic England

Special Publication Type

Biographies/ Autobiographies

Over the last 20 years I have indexed a wide range of biographies and autobiographies, including celebrity, sporting and historical. Subjects include Alastair Cook, Steven Gerrard, Antonia White, Michelangelo, David Cassidy, Jack the Ripper, Leigh Hunt, Capability Brown, Robert Adam.

Tools

SKY INDEX