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My Animals and Other Family [Format Kindle]

Clare Balding
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My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding is a funny, brave, tender story of self-discovery

'I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and 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. Her father 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 has to prove them wrong, to make her voice heard - but first she had to make sure she had something to say.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 20209 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 263 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0670922900
  • Editeur : Penguin (13 septembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0670921467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670921461
  • ASIN: B008R96LMW
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A jolly good read 31 janvier 2013
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What a super read. I laughed and cried and enjoyed every page.I found the honest on so many levels it was uplifting. I am so pleased to find someone who loves animals as much as I do
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 plus vite qu'un cheval au galop 27 octobre 2012
Par sevy
ce livre est très bien pour les personnes interessées par les biographies, par les chevaux et par l'esprit britanique... comme je le suis. Merci
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 loved it 24 avril 2014
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Much better than I expected. Amusing and very interesting. Would like the Epilogue to be made into My Animals and Other Family part 2!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 She's worth it! 13 janvier 2013
Par Swizzlestick - Publié sur Amazon.com
For Clare Balding I broke my rule, and paid over £3 for a Kindle book. Because she's worth it.

What a beautifully written and readable poignant tale of a girl born into the world of wealth and glamour of horse-racing at its highest level, where the Queen and Queen Mother took breakfast in the family kitchen.

Clare writes with humour and love about the horses and family pets with whom she shared her parents' affections, and of the younger brother she dragged into her dare-devil escapades.

She recounts her considerable success as a young rider and jockey modestly, and describes how she yearned for the approval of her father who was "always busy" and not to be disturbed by his children.

When, after having starved herself to reach the right weight for a horse race, she asked him if he loved her more now that she was thin, and he replied, after careful consideration "Yes, I think I do," my heart broke for her. "Ow, ow, ow. I didn't know that love could be turned on and off like a tap."

However, she shows no hint of self-pity, just a determination to excel at everything she does, and neither does she show any bitterness towards the father who didn't seem able to give her the unconditional love she craved.

An inspirational and charming read from an inspirational and charming woman.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Poignant, irresistibly captivating and totally candid this special, must-read book is a real delight to behold. 31 octobre 2012
Par Lucinda - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have always been a huge admirer and aficionado of Claire Balding, as she is my heroine in both the equestrian and sports world but in the journalism world too because of my combined love of horses and her career. From the perspective of an animal lover, horse rider and equestrian devotee this book was a must-have as soon as I noticed it in the bookshop, with its cover standing out on the bookshelf as something quite eye-catching. I have read many autobiographies about celebrities, horse riders and sports professionals but none of them are as spectacularly fantastic and as interesting as Claire Balding's. She puts so much of her heart and soul into this insightful narrative that you feel very much a part of her world, and which I concider as a gift, a real treat for all fans of this highly renound and recognizable celebrity/ sports journalist and distinctive name in the horse world. It is the animals, the famous horses and top horse and rider combinations that make her such a universally loved figure in television, and that she speaks of so warmly and honestly in this delightful book that you are unable to put down.

Claire Balding recounts many childhood memories of when she grew up in a rather unusual and wonderfully fascinating household, with her father as a champion horse trainer. She shared her life with more than a hundred thoroughbred racehorses in peak fitness, mares and foals and ponies hence this was where her love for the horse began and which over the years has grown into a life long devotion and passion. She also had a pack of Boxers and Lurchers and so mans best friend really did become her friend, as animals of all shapes and sizes were an important part of her life at a very young age. As a toddler she had many remarkable memories such as those of riding the legendary racehorse Mill Reef and taking morning breakfast with the Queen! Claire also recollects about how herself and her brother came quite low down in the pecking order, as they were left very much to their own devices and learnt things the hard way (usually with the help and guidance of an animal). This is a book about Claire's adventures in the stables as a young girl which was situated in the idyllic and quite beautiful Hampshire downs. From the protective Candy to the pot-bellied Valkyrie and the rather frisky Hattie, each horse and each dog has their own unique character and their own part to play in Claire Balding's life.
Often quite moving and emotional, this heartwarming tale is something very extraordinary as you get to explore one of the most recognized and documented figures in a larger than life way. It is an impressive book that is truly magical to behold, enchanting and quite eccentric, I can grantee that you will find nothing to quite equal it within literature as it surpassed and exceeded all of my expectations. Funny, full of wit and humor there are moments within this book that just make you laugh out loud (especially if you know horses and their behavior). She has just so many absorbing, attention-grabbing stories to tell that you cannot take it all in at once, and so I am now beginning reading this book for the second time so that I may delight in all the details of each animal's story once more. Full of flair and panache this makes for a fresh, flamboyant and stylish read and which I cannot enthuse about enough as it totally blew me away. As an award-winning broadcaster and writer Claire Balding has become the face of the BBC and is known for her sports commentary such as in the horse racing scene, 2012 Olympics and various top UK horse events such as Olympia, Badminton and Burley. Crufts dog show, countryfile and many other top shows is hosted by this truly inspiring sports presenter, whose enthusiasm and passion for sports and animals shines through every time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The author's childhood and teenage years 15 septembre 2012
Par Peter Durward Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
As she is the daughter of Mill Reef's trainer, I must have learned of the existence of Clare Balding and her younger brother Andrew in the seventies, but forgot about them until Clare started riding as an amateur jockey. After she quit riding, I heard nothing more of her until she appeared on BBC radio in the mid-nineties, since when she has gone on to fame and fortune as a broadcaster on both radio and television. However, this book is about the early part of her life growing up within a horse-racing family, ending with her entry into university. Only in the brief epilogue does the author mention her broadcasting career and her sexuality.

The book's title is inspired by Gerald Durrell's most famous book, and the author secured his family's approval to use it, thus avoiding any possibility of controversy concerning the title.

The author discusses her ancestors briefly, especially the background of her parents and grandparents. She notes that she descends on her mother's side from the Plantagenet kings, but also suggests that she may have gypsy blood on her father's side of the family.

Much coverage is given to the ponies, horses and dogs that were part of her childhood, and the racehorses that she rode to victory, but there are plenty of stories from her childhood about the mischief she got up to, including one episode that caused her to be suspended from school, although she eventually redeemed herself and ended up being head girl a few years later. There was clearly a rebel streak in her from an early age. Another misadventure was a well-intentioned idea to paint a room, but it ended up with paint in the author's hair. Her mother cut a lot of it off, causing her grandmother to comment that the author looked like a (...) lesbian. Little did she know how her granddaughter would develop. Indeed, the grandmother may never have known about that particular aspect of the author`s life.

As an amateur jockey, the author became champion lady amateur in 1990. I don't remember any of the horses that won for her, although I very likely saw some of her wins. During that time, Princess Anne also rode as an amateur jockey, and there was one controversial race that might have got the author into big trouble. She won, narrowly beating Princess Anne, but Princess Anne thinks she should have won, and I'm inclined to agree, but the stewards didn't even hold an enquiry.

There is a selection of photographs, including two showing the author with Mill Reef, one of which has the author, aged two at the time, sitting on his back. The other pictures feature mostly family members, ponies, horses and dogs in various combinations. It's certainly a more interesting selection than my childhood pictures.

I'm actually quite pleased that this book limits itself to the early part of the author's life, as it is interesting of itself and (as a racing fan) is the part that appeals to me most. It also leaves open the possibility that the author will write other books about other aspects of her life eventually. She has a good writing style and I'll be interested to see what books she writes, but I'll judge each title individually.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very well written! 23 janvier 2013
Par GuyP - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am not into horses, but can now say I know more than when I started reading this wonderfully written biography, have to say my favorite read for a long time, story telling at its best!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved It 17 janvier 2013
Par Hilda Gibbs - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book. I guess it helps to come from a farming/ horsey background as so much of this reminds me of my youth. Claire does explain any expressions that could be new to her reader and so keeps them "in the picture"at all times. A chapter a night is a great way to end the day
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