The Wild Other: A memoir of love, adventure and how to be brave (Hardback)
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The Wild Other: A memoir of love, adventure and how to be brave (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 09/02/2017
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Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2017

It echoed far away, beyond me, but right inside me too, like a quiet, persistent noise in a distant room in my head. That panic switched itself on as soon as I opened my eyes in the morning and rang all day; an inner alarm that stopped me thinking, stopped me being, sometimes stopped me breathing. Several times a day I’d catch myself holding a breath for seconds at a time. I was very far away from everything close to me.

Clover Stroud's idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged.

Just sixteen, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia's war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England's lyrical Vale of the White Horse.

The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature. It is a book about one woman’s experience of the restorative powers of nature and an understanding of the wildness embedded inside herself.

Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.

‘Stroud writes with considerable power, resonance and brutal honesty’ - The Sunday Express

‘A remarkable account of slow-motion grief, and the ragged, jagged fallout….penetrating and candid memoir’ - The Sunday Times

‘She has also transcended the trama of her past without forgetting its value - the ultimate goal of any meaningful memoir’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Stroud's astonishing memoir is a love letter of profound tenderness to her childhood’ - The Sunday Telegraph

'There is so much richly evoked life here...beautifully written.' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

'Beautifully written...I love this book.' - India Knight

'Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present...a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose.' - Tatler

'An uplifting and achingly honest personal story about loss, trauma and grief.' - Woman & Home

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473630215
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
There is so much richly evoked life here... beautifully written. -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * The Times *
Clover Stroud is a born writer: honest, tender, moving and true. A beautiful book. * Cressida Connolly *
Horses, family ties, exotic lovers and beautiful writing all saddle up in this thoroughbred ride through love, loss, danger, motherhood and healing. * The Bookseller *
A stunning story of courage in the face of fortune's cruellest blows, Clover Stroud's extraordinary memoir charts her journey from child to adult, from daughter to mother, proving that bravery - and love - will triumph even in the darkest situations. * Rosie Boycott *
Beautifully written and so moving ... a gritty, passionate, searingly honest meditation on grief, love and motherhood. * Katie Hickman *
Beautifully written...I love this book. * India Knight *
Heart-wrenching and beautifully written. * Polly Samson *
An astonishing piece of work that at times made my heart burst. All of human life is contained in this book. Clover Stroud is a remarkable woman, and an incredible writer. * Bryony Gordon *
Fearless, frank and so beautifully told, The Wild Other is a defiant story of love and motherhood in the face of loss. One of those books that makes you resolve to wring every last exhilarating drop from life while you can. * Gaby Hinsliff *
So haunting and brave and beautiful. * Polly Williams *
A dazzling, searingly honest book. Love. Sex. Grief. The Wild West. I couldn't put it down. * Esther Freud *
An extraordinary memoir... Stroud writes with moving, eloquent honesty. * Elizabeth Day, The Pool *
Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present... a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose. * Tatler *
An uplifting and achingly honest personal story about loss, trauma and grief. * Woman and Home *
Shocking and sexy, yet tragic and touching too. * Red magazine *
Some events can't be mitigated; they can only be endured with grace and style, something Stroud certainly achieves, to judge from this marvellous book. * The Spectator *
A startling and raw memoir, which has drawn comparisons to Cheryl Strayed's Wild... Brave, beautiful writing, which can't help but inspire us to find our own "wild others". * Red magazine *
Enthralling * Country Life *
Some books have the power to make you reconsider certainties, to reflect, alter and transform previous assumptions about love, sex, freedom, friendship, courage and death. Clover Stroud's memoir, The Wild Other, is such a book * Telegraph *
Stroud writes with considerable power, resonance and brutal honesty. The Wild Other will enthral anyone with wanderlust. * Sunday Express *
This heartfelt account begins with a young girl lost in the hinterlands of grief, and ends with a woman coming to terms with the wildness within herself. * Financial Times *
A moving account of the tragic consequences of a horse-riding accident on a loving daughter. * Sunday Times *
A survivor's tale that is both redemptive and cathartic. * Observer *
This redemptive memoir will steal your heart; it will return it bruised but emboldened. * Mail on Sunday *
I have huge admiration for the spirit of this memoir, and its author: full of heart, bravery and adventure. A moving, gripping read. * Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun *
I can't recommend Clover Stroud's memoir The Wild Other enough. Stroud is a brilliant writer and has led a fascinating life. * Evening Standard *
I loved this beautiful, passionate, troubled book, which gallops courageously over difficult terrain. At once a wrenching account of a tragedy and a love letter to the solace provided by horses, Stroud's clear-eyed look at how wildness and domesticity have entwined in her life is both heartening and inspiring. * Olivia Laing *
This story - so fierce and brave and visceral and raw - will stay with me forever. Clover Stroud is a force of nature, and a woman who is fearless in the face of life and death. I loved it. * Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love *

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