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The unabridged, digital 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.
My Animals and Other Family is a funny, brave, tender story of self-discovery.
©2012 Clare Balding (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
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By Rachael Pilling on 06-07-15

Lovely, brings you to tears and makes you laugh out loud

I binge listened to this whilst cleaning and cooking, it is relaxing and not too hard to follow and Clare Balding really brings her stories to life with vivid descriptions of the animals and people who have shaped her life. I would definitely recommend this book.

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By Litlepapoose on 02-12-14

Wonderful read, great narration

Great books transport you to places you have never been to or could go to. This is such a book. I traveled to England and to another time and a place where horses and to lives built around them. Great story, engaging storytelling. Highly recommend it.

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By melanie on 10-07-12


This is a lovely book to listen to as Claire Balding's voice is so easy on the ears. She tells her stories so calmly and really pulls you in. My only problem with this book is that I wished it was longer. I could listen to Claire's voice all day and I wanted to know more about her and her family. Excellent listen.

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By sg on 09-16-12


I was expecting a lot from this book, and it certainly delivered - thoroughly enjoyable, laugh out loud funny in places and very involving - really really good and I highly recommend.

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By stephen on 04-30-17


Would you listen to My Animals and Other Family again? Why?

Already have listened to this book 3 times, it makes me laugh out loud

What other book might you compare My Animals and Other Family to, and why?

Nora Ephron "I'm sorry about my neck", again a book I have listened to many times as it too makes me laugh and cry

What does Clare Balding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The inflections in her voice tell so much more!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When her horse died practically under her.

Any additional comments?

Can we have another one please Clare.

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