My Animals... goes paperback


Clare's number-one bestseller and National Book Award winning autobiography My Animals and Other Family is now out to own in paperback.  

Clare grew up in an unusual household. Her father a champion horse trainer, they shared their lives with more than one hundred thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of dogs, on a sprawling estate in the Hampshire Downs. As a child, Clare happily rode the legendary racehorse Mill Reef and received her first pony, Valkyrie, as a gift from Her Majesty the Queen of England.

But Clare ranked low in the family pecking order—as a girl, she was decidedly below her younger brother, and both of them were certainly below the horses. Left to her own devices, she had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through her adventures in the stables and the surrounding idyllic English countryside.

From her struggles at boarding school to her triumphs as an amateur jockey and event rider, Clare weaves her own coming-of-age story through portraits of the beloved horses and dogs, from the protective Candy to the unruly Frank, who were her earliest friends.

The running family joke was that “women ain’t people.” Clare has 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 witty, brave, and moving account of stumbling—often literally—into one’s true self.

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  • Elspeth Machell-Cox April 7th

    As a South African I watched In the course of the 2012 Games, Chad's father, Bert le Clos, became an instant media personality as a result of being interviewed by Clare when his son won the gold medal. I had never seen Clare or heard of her before but I loved her manner. I work as a carer and was caring for a wonderful lady in Alford Scotland and the winter olimpics and there was Clare. I told my Lady that this is my favorite presenter. Now I am back here and Lady F has a signed copy of the book and I am loving it. How do I get a signed copy?
  • amelia phillips November 12th

    WOW! I was given this by my manager, who found it 'a bit horsey, so you ought to love it'. I knew who Clare Balding was, vaguely. Turns out she was me, well almost. Totally identified with the lack of interest in the world outside home because life on horseback was all full filling. I smiled, giggled and belly laughed out loud, reading passages to my hubby. I felt teary at the end. I've read few autobiographies because they usually bore me. This was fantastic. Wonderful. Thanks.
  • Jean Spencer 16th October October 16th

    A thoroughly enjoyable read, filled with amusing anecdotes that had me laughing out loud at one stage and 'welling up' at another. Snippets of your book immediately had me reminiscing, when I was catapulted into the upper echelons of the totally alien pursuit of 'point to point', to the amusement of my landlady. I was told to meet with a lady 2nd row of cars, 4th car along. She didn't tell me that she was actually 'lady whoever' and had a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce and was tucking into smoked salmon and champagne when I arrived. I was totally out of my depth as I am a 'heh up me duck' person. You can imagine the source of amusement I was, Oh, happy days. Anyway, I digress please consider writing another book, as I am sure you will have a lot of stories untold. Again, thank you for sharing your life experiences with the reading public. Take care and carry on writing.
  • Tony Wells September 3rd

    Clare, You kindly signed your book for me when I met you at Breakfast with the Stars and I told you I was taking your book on holiday with me to Lake Como. Well here I am in Tremezzo having just finished your book . I loved it and couldn't put it down. I'm not an avid reader, apart from the Racing Post, but your writing was so open, honest and enthralling and had me hooked from the first page. I only tend to read a book when I'm on holiday, so I'll always associate you with Lake Como. Keep up your fantastically good work
  • Nikki Tucker September 1st

    Thanks Clare for your wonderful autobiography, as a child that grew up in Berkshire in the 70s and 80s with a dog, my own pony and a younger brother called Andrew your story has really struck a chord with me. Congratulations on all your great achievements !
  • Rita Atkinson August 26th

    What a truly delightful book. I recommend it to anyone, especially boxer lovers!
  • Marilyn August 16th

    I loved the book, such a good read I couldn't put it down. It made me laugh and cry as others have said! I too have a dog, a black lab called Hugo, who has regular habits as well. Walk in the morning, breakfast, walk in the afternoon and supper at 5pm. He lets me know if it's late! Those people who say my dog rules my life are right, but they are better for having a regime, in my opinion. Thank you Clare
  • May 25th

    Got your book at airport on impulse,did not even know of you,kept me awake with the excitement of your races,read in bed. Found out you were very popular,daughter in law heard of you as she is involved in dog care, keep writing.
  • celine stanfield May 17th

    Just finished reading your lovely book. It took me back to my childhood, you lucky girl all those wonderful horses. I never owned my own my dad bought me a nanny goat instead as he said I wouldn't look after a horse (she ate all the orchard). I only made friends with girls who had ponies. Well Done!
  • Tricia Weston May 15th

    great book Clare, you are a natural author, really enjoyable read.
  • ann Tombs May 8th

    the best book ive read in ages made me laugh made me cry well done Clare
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