Clare Balding - Author

About the Author

Clare Balding is an award-winning broadcaster and writer. She became the face of the BBC's racing coverage in 1998, and now works across a wide range of sports for television and radio. She has been a lead presenter for the Olympics, Paralympics, Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games. For more than twelve years, she has hiked across the countryside for the BBC Radio 4 series Ramblings. Clare has presented Countryfile, Britain's Hidden Heritage, Britain By Bike, Crufts, and Famous & Fearless, and has appeared on QI, Have I Got News for You and Sport Relief. She has been voted RTS Sports Presenter of the Year and Racing Broadcaster of the Year. She lives in West London with her partner Alice, their wayward Tibetan Terrier Archie and a cat who couldn't give a damn called Itty. My Animals and Other Family is Clare's first book.

 

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Featured books by Clare Balding

The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018

The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Other books by Clare Balding

The Racehorse Who Disappeared

The Racehorse Who Disappeared

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Clare Balding's second brilliant adventure for Charlie Bass and her funny family of humans and animals. Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation...

The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018

The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog: World Book Day 2018

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

The Racehorse Who Disappeared

The Racehorse Who Disappeared

Author: Clare Balding Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/09/2017

Penguin presents the audio download edition of The Racehorse Who Disappeared written and read by Clare Balding. Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation...

Racehorse Who Disappeared

Racehorse Who Disappeared

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2017

Penguin presents the audio download edition of The Racehorse Who Disappeared written and read by Clare Balding. Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation...

The Racehorse Who Disappeared

The Racehorse Who Disappeared

Author: Clare Balding Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Clare Balding's second brilliant adventure for Charlie Bass and her funny family of humans and animals. Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation...

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

'A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message' - Jacqueline Wilson Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled. The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There's just one problem - he won't gallop. In fact, he won't even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy. Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion. But can she prove it? Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being repossessed. The stakes couldn't be higher for the Basses. Can Charlie turn her chaotic family into a top training team? Can Noble Warrior overcome his nerves? Will Percy the pony ever stop farting? Find out in this classic, funny animal story, perfect for fans of Dick King-Smith and Gerald Durrell.

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

Author: Clare Balding Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/09/2016

Charlie Bass is a horse-mad nine-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when her eccentric parents announce that they are going to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled. The horse they buy, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There's just one problem - he won't gallop. In fact, he won't even trot round the field without his best friend, Percy, a naughty palomino pony, at his side. But Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion - he just needs the right motivation... A classic, funny animal story perfect for fans of Dick King-Smith and My Family and Other Animals.

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop

Author: Clare Balding Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

'A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message' - Jacqueline Wilson Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled. The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There's just one problem - he won't gallop. In fact, he won't even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy. Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion. But can she prove it? Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being repossessed. The stakes couldn't be higher for the Basses. Can Charlie turn her chaotic family into a top training team? Can Noble Warrior overcome his nerves? Will Percy the pony ever stop farting? Find out in this classic, funny animal story, perfect for fans of Dick King-Smith and Gerald Durrell.

My Animals and Other Family

My Animals and Other Family

Author: Clare Balding Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 13/09/2012

This is the unabridged audio book edition of My Animals and Other Family , Clare Balding's wildly funny and deeply moving childhood memoir, read by the author herself. 'I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and I suspect I had aged in dog years. By the time I was ten I had discovered the pain of unbearable loss. I had felt joy and jealousy. Most important of all, I knew how to love and how to let myself be loved. All these things I learnt through animals. Horses and dogs were my family and my friends. This is their story as much as it is mine' Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life's toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables and the idyllic Hampshire Downs. From the protective Candy to the pot-bellied Valkyrie and the frisky Hattie, each horse and each dog had their own character and their own special part to play. The running family joke was that women ain't people . Clare had to prove them wrong, to make her voice heard - but first she had to make sure she had something to say. My Animals and Other Family is a funny, brave, tender story of self-discovery.

The Ration Book Olympics

The Ration Book Olympics

Author: Clare Balding Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/03/2012

The 1948 Olympics were very different from the impressive spectacle that London put on in 2012. Three years after the end of the Second World War, Britain was still gripped by austerity. Rationing was still in force, severe bomb damage was still much in evidence and no new sports facilities could be built. Visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet the Games were a resounding success and actually made a profit. Clare Balding meets athletes who competed in 1948, including cyclist Tommy Godwin, who won two bronze medals, and Dorothy Manley, who won silver in the athletics. She also talks to Roger Bannister who saved the day for the British team in the opening ceremony. The programme also includes fascinating voices from the archives, including Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four gold medals. 1 CD. 56 mins.

Ration Book Olympics, The

Ration Book Olympics, The

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Clare Balding looks back at the time the Olympic Games came to London in 1948. Three years after the end of the Second World War, Britain was still gripped by austerity. Rationing was still in force, severe bomb damage was still much in evidence and no new sports facilities could be built. Visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet the Games were a resounding success and actually made a profit. Clare Balding meets athletes who competed in 1948, including cyclist Tommy Godwin, who won two bronze medals, and Dorothy Manley, who won silver in the athletics. She also talks to Roger Bannister who saved the day for the British team in the opening ceremony. The programme also includes fascinating voices from the archives.

Sport and the British

Sport and the British

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. In this 30-part narrative history series, with the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life. From the birth of broadcasting, to the way television has changed our relationship with sport forever, this is a historic series about our national passion and how the British took sport to the world. (Due to copyright reasons, this recording contains edited versions of the episodes that were originally broadcast.)

Sport and the British: Football

Sport and the British: Football

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the five football-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world. With the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life. (Due to copyright reasons, this recording contains edited versions of the episodes that were originally broadcast.)

Sport and the British: Cricket

Sport and the British: Cricket

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the three cricket-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world. With the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life. (Due to copyright reasons, this recording contains edited versions of the episodes that were originally broadcast.)

Sport and the British: Boxing

Sport and the British: Boxing

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the two boxing-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world. With the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life. (Due to copyright reasons, this recording contains edited versions of the episodes that were originally broadcast.)

Sport and the British: Rugby

Sport and the British: Rugby

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. This recording brings together the four rugby-related episodes from the series. Apart from the English language itself, the invention of modern sport has been our major cultural legacy to the rest of the world. With the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life. (Due to copyright reasons, this recording contains edited versions of the episodes that were originally broadcast.)

Sport and the British: The Future

Sport and the British: The Future

Author: Clare Balding Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. The Future includes the last five episodes in the series: 26. Golden Girls, 27. The Globalisation of the Game, 28. Rugby's Big Bang, 29. New Heroes for new times and 30. The London Olympics: 1948 and 2012. (Due to copyright reasons, this recording contains edited versions of the episodes that were originally broadcast.)

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