Book Club: Clare Balding’s My Animals and Other Family

clare balding my animals and othe familyOur latest BritMums Book Club read is Clare Balding’s autobiography My Animals and Other Family. BritMums cofounder Susanna Scott starts the discussion below. Read what she thought about the book and join in.

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What a refreshing read!

The latest BritMums Book Club read Clare Balding’s autobiography My Animals and Other Family. I found it, like Balding herself, funny, witty and wrenchingly honest. And the voyeur in me was fascinated by the narrarated tour of horsey/boarding school life.

Though well known in the horsey world, Clare Balding became a household name when she was a leading BBC presenter during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Her father was a horse trainer who rose to fame when when he trained thoroughbred champion Mill Reef in the ’70s and ’80s. This led to all kinds of fun for Clare, including riding from the time she could sit up, to being given one of the Queen’s ponies. Clare was quite sparky and a challenge to her parents.

Roughly chronological, each chapter is themed around one of her four-legged friends. It’s easy to dip in and dip out of.

I found it fascinating and have since recommended to several people to read.

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About Susanna Scott

Susanna Scott founded the BritMums social network in 2008 after a career in marketing. She wanted to create a space for parent bloggers to network, and share ideas and opportunities. She is often quoted as a pioneer in the UK Mum Blogging space, and has been named a top female entrepreneur. She has been featured in The Times, The FT, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sun, Technorati, She, Primo Baby and Red magazine, amongst others. She speaks frequently about blogging, social networking and the BritMums community at industry events. Her blog A Modern Mother ranks in the UK’s top 10 Family Tarvel Blogs. Follow her on @amodernmother.


  1. 13 January 2014 / 19:51

    A brilliant book! I really enjoyed this. Clare’s early life was fascinating and it was a really engaging read x

  2. 15 January 2014 / 20:40

    I really had to try at this one. Not identifying with Clare at all and not being a massive fan of autobiographies, it was a bit of a struggle. I did find some of the anecdotes quite charming though and could sense Clare’s passion for the horses.

  3. 04 February 2014 / 09:13

    I really enjoyed this book, thanks for the opportunity to try a book that I wouldn’t have read otherwise!

  4. 25 February 2014 / 08:30

    Hello ladies! Is there a new book in the Book Club any time soon? I skipped the current book, and would love to join in next time, as I miss all the buzz of dicussions