- Author Clare Balding
It’s not hard to love Clare Balding, talented and knowledgeable presenter, feminist, hugely likeable sports presence and generally a bit of an inspiration. I was keen to read her book, even though it was structured around animals quite so heavily - I’m not a huge animal fan, and horses aren’t up there as my favourites.
Even with that, the book is fascinating. Some of the more detailed racing paragraphs go over my head, but it’s not hard to follow the highs and lows of a childhood on horses, and a short-lived but exciting amateur career. I hadn’t actually realised that Clare did so much horse racing herself, but I’m glad to know her knowledge is as deep rooted as it is.
It’s a surprise to find a book so down to earth, despite the fact it includes meetings with the Queen and Princess Anne, as well as boarding school, trips to the races, and a university place at Cambridge. But it’s brutally honest, intensely warm even in the harder parts, and just a joy to read.