Why do some people seem to throw themselves into every opportunity, bouncing back from every setback? Is this irrepressible spirit just for the hyper-motivated? How do the rest of us live courageously, relate authentically and develop resilience?

Popular speaker and author Cathy Madavan deploys her trademark humour and down-to-earth wisdom to identify twelve ways we can become irrepressible.

How do you discover your irrepressible purpose?
How do you respond when disasters strike?
How do you become a person of influence?
How do you build a tribe of friends, but still keep healthy boundaries?
How do your habits develop resilience, capacity and flexibility?

This is your invitation to irrepressible living. These principles are your tools for building a courageous, resilient and fulfilling life.


“A book written from the heart, by someone whose deep desire is to empower and equip others” – Sam Jackson, Classic FM

“It’s what they don’t teach us in school: how to live and not just survive. With inspirational, crafted words that steer well clear of slogans, Cathy offers welcome help for us all in this practical, pithy page turner. And she does it all with the warm voice of a friend. Highly recommended.” – Jeff Lucas, author, speaker, broadcaster

“I cannot recommend it highly enough!” – Nicola Neal, CEO, Every Life International

“Cathy has such a wonderful ability to package wisdom in a nutshell. I wanted to pull out many of her sentences and write them on a poster to stick on my wall.” – Debra Searle MVO, MBE

“Pearls of great wisdom, forged from the grit of everyday life, presented with Cathy’s signature passion and humour. Irrepressible is irresistible.” – Dr Krish Kandiah, social entrepreneur, broadcaster and author

“Her tales are easy to identify with and her genius for story telling makes reading this book effortless, and at the same time inspiring – a rare combination.” – Bev Murrill, founder, The Kyria Network

“Wisdom, encouragement and hope.” – Paul Harcourt, National Leader, New Wine England

“Cathy Madavan is the real deal!” – Patrick Regan OBE, CEO Kintsugi Hope

“What a fabulous book … wisdom and joy and advice for life … Take it, read it, live it, you’ll love it!” – Paul Kerensa, comedian, author and writer

“A joyous combination of timeless wisdom and practical experience.” – Simon Barrington, Founder and Director, Forge Leadership Consultancy

“This book gives us what we need most in difficult times – courage to continue and hope for the future.” – Arianna Walker, Chief Executive, Mercy UK

“The principles Cathy so beautifully shares in these pages are sure to unlock your best self. Don’t live in regret – live an undaunted, irrepressible, courageous life and know this book will help you!” – Danielle Strickland, justice advocate, speaker, author




Cathy is a popular speaker, valued for her humour, vulnerability and wisdom, who travels extensively, predominantly in the UK but also further afield. She has been speaking with Care for the Family on their regular national tours for over 10 years. She contributes regularly to events such as Spring Harvest and New Wine; she also speaks at leadership conferences, events and churches throughout the year. She is a writer, and a personal coach. Cathy serves on the board of the Kyria Network (a network of women in leadership/women of influence).



Irrepressible is published by SPCK and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE




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Cathy Madavan


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