My Animals and Other Family



My Animals and Other Family I Had Spent Most Of My Childhood Thinking I Was A Dog, And I 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 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.My Animals And Other Family Is A Funny, Brave, Tender Story Of Self Discovery.

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  • Hardcover
  • 258 pages
  • My Animals and Other Family
  • Clare Balding
  • English
  • 15 March 2018
  • 0670921467

10 thoughts on “My Animals and Other Family

  1. Caroline says:

    Clare Balding is a well known sports presenter with a special interest in horse racing I have no interest in sports and an out and out dislike of racingbut I adored this book, and could not put it down Clare gallops joyously through her rather eccentric life, basing each chapter on a beloved dog or horse from the period being described She graduates from a plump Thelwell type Shetland pony called Valkyrie, to gymkhana ponies, and finally on to racing the thoroughbreds trained by her Clare Balding is a well known sports presenter with a special interest in horse racing I have no interest in spor...

  2. Jim says:

    Who is Clare Balding why the heck should any of us care She s a BBC sports presenter, was an amateur jockey, grew up with race horses I still don t really care, but her autobiography is told through her interactions with thememorable horses dogs she knew it was excellent There were quite a few they re real animals people to h...

  3. Gill says:

    For the benefit of non Brits, Clare Balding is a TV and radio broadcaster who became a national treasure during London 2012, anchoring C4 s Paralympic coverage as well as working for the BBC at the Olympics, most notably at the Aquatics Centre Checkout YouTube for her wonderful interview with Chad le Clos dad after his son beat Michael Phelps to win gold for South Africa.Anyway, this memoir of her childhood proves that Clare can write just as well as she can present Her father was a successfu For the benefit of non Brits, Clare Balding is a TV and radio broadcaster who became a national treasure during London 2012, anchoring C4 s Paralympic coverage as well as working for the BBC at the Olympics, most notably at the Aquatics Centre Checkout YouTube for her wonderful interview with Chad le Clos dad after his son beat Michael Phelps to win gold for South Africa.Anyway, this memoir of her childhood proves that Clare can write just as well as she can present Her father was a successful trainer of racehorses who in 1971 won the Derby with ...

  4. A.E. Shaw says:

    A joy from beginning to end I laughed plenty, I cried twice, I remembered a million things about horses and horse racing that I d forgotten I knew, and when it was finished, I could have read it all over again This book achieves the best things about autobiography by not pushing you through every last comic incident of the writer s life, but by guiding you through what was important and notable to them as they grew up The book ends when Clare is 19, and I dearly hope writes another I d lo A joy from beginning to end I laughed plenty, I cried twice, I remembered a million things about horses and horse racing that I d forgotten I knew, and when it was finished, I could have read it all over again This book achieves the best things about autobiography by not pushing you through every last comic incident of the writer s life, but by guiding you through what was important and notable to them as they grew up The book ends when Clare is 19, and I dearly ho...

  5. Rachel says:

    A really good read Autobiography s are clearly only generally interesting to those who have a direct understanding of the celeb sports star etc, but I genuinely think that this book will reachthan just those who are aware of Clare Balding and or horse racing.She writes this in a wonderfully honest and open manner, which from someone who has found herself at times to be at very close hand to royalty and celebrities is very refreshing Whilst there s no scand...

  6. Jordan Wharmsby says:

    I should probably preface this review in saying that I have absolutely no interest in sport and most certainly not for horse racing, the decision to read this book was made purely out of fascination and intrigue yet it becomes the first biography I have chosen to review here, to receive five stars.First of all, Balding s take on the technical writing of a biography is completely unique She devotes each chapter of the book to a different dog or horse present in her life until later adolescence I should probably preface this review in saying that I have absolutely no interest in sport and most certainly not for horse racing, the decision to read this book was made purely out of fascination and intrigue yet it becomes the first biography I have chosen to review here, to receive five stars.First of all, Balding s take on the technical writing of a biography is completely unique She devotes each chapter of the book to a different dog or horse present in her life until later adolescence Whilst this device could be somewhat unusual to most readers, I feel it adds individuality and believability whilst giving true meaning to the book s title.Scoring a huge plus is the fact that in a world of conservatively written memoirs, Balding s is overtly honest and open We learn about her difficult boarding school education, teetering on the edge of expulsion and an obscenely strict and isolated upbringing Whilst being shunned for being a girl and ...

  7. Rosie Review says:

    Now I dont normally go for biogs, preferring fiction but something about this book made me want to read it I loved how each chapter was seperated into each different pet or horse Clare knew growing up It had me laughing and crying in many places She tells her story so well, which is easy to read and understand I m horsey but not that interested in Racing, but I understood what she was on about and could easily visualise the races or mishaps Clare got herself into growing up She evoked fond Now I dont normally go for biogs, preferring fiction but something about this book made me want to read it I loved how each chapter was seperated into each different pet or horse Clare knew growing up It had me laughing and crying in many places She tells her story so well, which is easy to read and understand I m horsey but not that interested in Racing, but I understood what she was on about and could easily visualise the races or mishaps Clare got herself into growing up She evoked fond memories I have, especially as I was a fearless tom boy growing up too who would get myself in lots of trouble sometimes involving a pony or friend.Such a memory she has remembering so many things she did even that or she had such aeventful and interesting growing up than I did Maybe that is why I ca...

  8. John Grinstead says:

    Despite being around on Five Live and Channel 4 for a number of years, Claire Balding came into her own as a broadcaster during the London 2012 Olympics when her heart on the sleeve, down to earth honesty and connection with people shone through One could therefore have almost predicted that an autobiography would swiftly follow Whilst My Animals and Other Family is entertaining, with her trademark no frills style, this account of her formative years, at school and around her Father s stables, Despite being around on Five Live and Channel 4 for a...

  9. Lola Et La Vie says:

    I have always admired Clare Balding, a sports presenter for British television I know her from the racing coverage the BBC used to carry, but she has since gone on to do all sorts of events, including the Olympics and Paralympics I have always admired her a lot She comes across as an intelligent, knowledgeable and most of all genuine human being I decided to listen to this book on Audible It makes sense to me to listen to memoirs narrated by the author and I had a lot of fun with this one...

  10. Michelle says:

    3.5 stars This is a memoir from Clare Balding as told through memories of key animals, primarily horses and dogs, in her life Her father is a trainer in the horse racing industry, and has a mostly benign neglect for his daughter and son, her mother is somewhat frazzled by the children and helping to manage their business, and their grandmother is horrified by th...

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