My Animals and Other Family

My Animals and Other Family

Non-Fiction, Screen & Performing Arts, Film, TV & Radio, Film, Film, TV & Radio Biographies
Paperback Published on: 11/04/2013
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My Animals and Other Family
Yes, a national treasure
This is great background reading for anyone who is a fan of a great british sport expert and obviously good at other things too. It explains just why she i... READ MORE
Philippa at Colchester


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.

'Moving, funny and larger than life' Michael Morpurgo

'Magical, enchanting, riotously eccentric' Daily Mail

'Funny and unexpectedly wise. Balding has lots of good stories to tell. It is impossible not to admire her honesty Mail on Sunday

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

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241959756
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 215g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 18 mm

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My Animals and Other Family
My Animals and Other Family
A riveting read, whether or not dogs and horses are your passion. Her insights into the world of racing are informative and entertaining. Those who have sh... READ MORE
My Animals and Other Family
one not to miss
this book takes you from being happy to tears on the same page, a frank human tale of life being both lonely and filled with love in a busy family home, no... READ MORE
My Animals and Other Family
My Animals and Other Family
Best book that I have read for long time. Full of humor and sad at times. I cried at the end. I hope Clare will write another book.
best book
My Animals and Other Family
Are you siting comfortably
The beautiy of this book is you can imagine Clare reading these stories to you. Very easy reading and kept my attention even for someone who is not a horse... READ MORE
My Animals and Other Family
Very good
My Animals and Other Family
A Great Read
Whether you know Clare Balding as a sport commentator or as a horse woman, its a great book, Id give this to friends as a birthday or christmas present.
Race reader
My Animals and Other Family
I loved this book
I found Clare's book amazing, inspiring, emotional, funny and one I could not put down even at midnight! Well written and illustrated with wonderful photog... READ MORE
My Animals and Other Family
A really lovely read
Clare Balding writes with such an engaging style and you can almost hear her narrating the story. It is heartwarming, sad and laugh out loud funny. If you ... READ MORE