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

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

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Walking Home My Family and Other Rambles

Walking Home My Family and Other Rambles

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds of miles, got to know the countryside, induced family and friends to accompany her. There are plenty of anecdotes and stories woven into her narrative, a pleasing mix of travel and autobiography bound to be every bit as popular as her debut My Family and Other Animals.   Like for Like Reading Walking Home, Simon Armitage And Did those Feet: Walking though 2000 Years of British and Irish History, Charlie Connolly

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Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles

Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles

Author: Clare Balding Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds of miles, got to know the countryside, induced family and friends to accompany her. There are plenty of anecdotes and stories woven into her narrative, a pleasing mix of travel and autobiography bound to be every bit as popular as her debut My Family and Other Animals.   Like for Like Reading Walking Home, Simon Armitage And Did those Feet: Walking though 2000 Years of British and Irish History, Charlie Connolly

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My Animals and Other Family

My Animals and Other Family

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

Shortlisted for the Horse Racing Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2013. Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Biography/Autobiography of the Year' 2012. The author grew up in a rather unusual household. Her father a champion trainer, she shared her life with thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. The running family joke was that women ain't people. She had to prove them wrong. This book tells her story of self-discovery.   FROM ARTICLE IN GUARDIAN 26TH NOV 2012. AUTHOR FAVOURITES OF 2012:Mark Lawson - 'A front-of-camera superstar, Clare Balding, offers stonking royal and showbiz anecdotes in the sharply charming memoir My Animals and Other Family (Viking).'

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Other books by Clare Balding

Heroic Animals

Heroic Animals

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2021

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ORDINARY ANIMAL. EVERY ONE HAS A HEROIC STORY TO TELL. Discover how . . . Able Seacat Simon rescued the crew of HMS Amethyst Bobby the Wonder Dog crossed a continent to find his family Galipolli Murphy carried 250 wounded soldiers to safety Pickles tracked down the stolen World Cup And the Tamworth Two managed to save their bacon Clare Balding's stories of daring, courageous, remarkable creatures who changed our world for the better: from the dog that inspired Lassie to the bear that fought the Nazis.

Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going

Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going

Author: Clare Balding Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

'Falling off' is all part of life. The trick is to know how to dust yourself off, get back on, learn from your mistakes - and keep going! Clare Balding, TV presenter, sportswoman and bestselling author has had some spectacular falls in her life - from not fitting in at school and falling in with the wrong crowd, to last-minute hiccups and mistakes on live TV - so she knows what it takes to embrace your mistakes and move on from them! With personal stories from Clare herself and from the lives of the people she most admires, children will discover how to develop courage in the face of tough situations. Find out how Charlotte Raubenheimer of South Africa completed a triathlon while in lockdown at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Marvel at the amazing story of US surfer Bethany Hamilton, who got back in the water just one month after she lost her arm in a shark attack, going on to win her first US national surfing competition two years later. Plus many more stories including that of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe, Dutch inventor Boyan Slat and Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg. With fun, quirky illustrations from Jess Holm, the 10 chapters of Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going explore 10 character-traits - RESILIENCE, PATIENCE, CONFIDENCE, COURAGE, FLEXIBILITY, CREATIVITY, SPEAKING OUT, MOTIVATION, KINDNESS and KEEPING GOING - that can help children to learn to embrace their mistakes, own them, and move on from them.

The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance

The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance

Author: Clare Balding Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 13/06/2019

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance written and read by Clare Balding. Charlie's racehorse has certainly earned the name Noble Warrior: he won the Derby against all odds and bested a bunch of nasty kidnappers. But now Noddy is facing his greatest challenge yet . . . Charlie's best friend Polly is still recovering from an accident that left her almost paralysed. But Polly has a real talent with horses - and she and Charlie are determined not to let it go to waste. Can the two best friends find a way to make Polly's equestrian dreams come true, and forge a new path for the racehorse who wouldn't gallop?

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 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.

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.)