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My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding
  

My Animals and Other Family

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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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Synopsis

My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding

My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding is a funny, brave, tender story of self-discovery. 'I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and suspect I had aged in dog years.' Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. Her father 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.

Reviews

'Moving, funny and larger than life' -- Michael Morpurgo

'Simply fabulous' -- Jilly Cooper

'She can do anything. If there were four more Clare Baldings, we'd have our empire back. Six, and we'd be colonising the Moon. And there would be crumpets and ashtrays for everyone' -- Caitlin Moran, The Times

'The reading equivalent of snuggling by the fire with a labrador' The Guardian

'Clare Balding is a broadcaster with such an exceptional skill set she makes everyone else in her orbit seem third rate' -- Jan Moir

'Daily Mail After an outstanding Olympic Games, her elevation to national treasure status is complete' The Independent

About the Author

Clare Balding

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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Publication date

11th April 2013

Author

Clare Balding

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: arts & entertainment
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ISBN

9780241959756

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