St Thomas de Conac, France
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  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By sg on 16-09-12

Charming, funny and entertaining

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-12

Claire is well on her way to becoming a national treasure and this book is another step on the way! As I am female, an animal lover, an enthusiastic horse rider and besotted dog owner, this book appealed strongly to me but I can see that if you don't understand these elements it probably will not have the same impact.

I loved the honesty in the telling of her family relationships and understand from personal experience that sometimes emotional connection may not get past the stiff upper lip!

Her warmth and humour came through strongly in her narration and. along with other reviewers, I very much hope that Claire will find the time to continue her writing.

Thank you Claire for letting us into your world.

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