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My Animals and Other Family (MP3)Clare Balding
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of My Animals and Other Family, Clare Balding's wildly funny and deeply moving childhood memoir, read brilliantly by the author herself.'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. 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 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.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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“A Great Read”
Whether you know Clare Balding as a sport commentator or as a horse woman, its a great book, Id give this to friends as a birthday or christmas present.
“My Animals and Other Family”
Best book that I have read for long time. Full of humor and sad at times. I cried at the end. I hope Clare will write another book.
“one not to miss”
this book takes you from being happy to tears on the same page, a frank human tale of life being both lonely and filled with love in a busy family home, not quite the normal family life most of us know, but a very... More