My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding

My Animals and Other Family

By Clare Balding

  • Release Date: 2012-09-13
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 440 Ratings
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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. 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. 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 has to prove them wrong, to make her voice heard - but first she had to make sure she had something to say.


  • Fantastic!!!

    By Littlemiss726
    Downloaded this book as I enjoy watching Clare on the tv I don't really have any interest in horses but I loved this book I couldn't put it down very well written
  • Superb

    By Willock65
    Well done Clare Balding. The best biography I have ever read. I now want a horse!
  • Fabulous!

    By Susiq's 9967
    What a wonderful read! Couldn't put it down! If you've ever loved horses or dogs, then it's a must read, but to someone that knows nothing of dogs, horses or racing, it's still a great book! It feels totally like it's told from the heart and I think that's what makes it so good! Well done Clare!
  • My animals and other family

    By MaryAnneBaconface
    I enjoyed this book so much. Clare Balding is such a huge favourite and so brilliant at her job on tv. Her warmth and lack of poshness endear her to all and this is so evident in her anecdotes concerning our royal family in visits to her fathers stables. My only complaint is that the book has kept me awake at night as I HAD to finish the chapter...... Look forward to some more please.
  • My animals & other family

    By Horseymania
    Nice easy reading. If you love animals, especially horses you'll enjoy Clare's story
  • Loved this

    By Paulad66
    Having had my first pet, a dog, for nearly 2 years I can understand this book perfectly. I'm sure I'd have thought it all a bit loopy before having him. Thanks for writing it, it was a lovely read.
  • My Animals and other Family

    By CAT.2212
    What a superb read; full of honest and sometimes funny accounts. At times I had to put the book down as I was crying with laughter!
  • My Animals and Other Family

    By Cheryl Taylor
    A fantastic book with real life eccentric people and just awesome animals ... I couldn't put it down, loved every word !!! Well done Clare and I can't wait for volume 2
  • Mrs

    By 65:::RMS!
    Didn't expect to like this as I am not 'a horsy person' . Thoroughly enjoyed Clare's writing, which gave me a small peek into a fascinating lifestyle. Would recommend.
  • Brilliant writing

    By djblu
    Such a great read, had to stop reading it on the train to work because a could not help but laugh out loud!! Thank you.