When I go on holiday I go armed with a pile of books, this year was no different and I read my first book on the journey from Wiltshire to Scotland. On the way my dad had realised he had left his book at home (I know! of all the things you could forget! tsk). So being the lovely daughter I am I offered to lend him Clare Balding's Autobiography 'My Animals and Other Family'. This was a big deal to me considering I hadn't read it myself yet, but the other books I had were mostly chick lit and didn't think that would go down so well! So he read the book during our first week and managed to not give much away; well except the information on how you measure a horse and the fact that Clare's dad also 'harumphed' something we have always credited Dad for too.
Needless to say, he loved the book and since our return keeps asking me if I have read it yet. Due to study commitments I was only able to start it recently and finished it a few days ago.
Well, I absolutely loved it. It is beautifully written and refreshing in the way it is set out; there is no specific chronology to the story and every chapter is based on an animal that has played a huge part in Clare's life. As a reader you are given an insight into the racing/training world and the family that lives it. The book is funny, sad, honest, but most of all it is a beautiful book. I have read a fair few autobiographies and this has to be the best by far. I am usually quite a fast reader but I took my time with this one mostly because I didn't want it to end.
As Caitlin Moran's quote on the cover says 'You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want a horse' okay so I don't really want a horse but I do quite fancy getting a boxer dog now!
You don't have to be a sports fan or know anything about horses, you don't even have to know who Clare is, just read the book. You won't regret it!