From the Back Cover:
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.
Corinne read this as part of the #12booksin12months reading challenge.
Why did you choose to read this book?: For me, Clare Balding can do no wrong! I love everything she does on TV. I wasn’t aware she had written an autobiography until my son read her children’s book The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop. In fact, the audio book was on permanent play for quite some time! As an aside, Clare has a seriously good voice for audio!
What did you like most about this book?: As an animal lover, I enjoyed reading about her special relationships and bonds with both her horses and dogs during her childhood. However, there were some sad animal moments too. I learnt lots about the pre-TV Clare, especially about her being a successful amateur jockey. I very much felt for her during her early years at boarding school. However, when you read about her life growing up, you realise that hard work, grit and determination – combined with her people-person personality is why she is so wonderful at what she does!
Anything you didn’t like about this book?: No!
L2R Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟