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Clare Balding

Clare Balding is a freelance presenter, writer and broadcaster. She has worked in radio for 15 years and been a leading sports presenter on television since becoming the face of the BBC's racing output in 1998. Since then, she has worked on four Olympic Games, three Paralympics and three Winter Olympics. Clare can turn her hand to any sport from Horse Racing to Rugby League, Swimming to Golf or Tennis. She is equally at home on radio or TV and is renowned for her versatility and reliability.


  • Clare Balding nominated in British Sports Book Awards Shortlists

    Clare Balding's autobiography of the year and number one bestseller, My Animals and Other Family, has been shortlisted in the Horse Racing Book of the Year category of The British Sports Book Awards. The 11th annual British Sports Book Awards will be staged at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 21 May. After the individual category winners have been announced on 21 May, each of them will then be promoted in a media and retail campaign before an online public vote will determine the Overall British Sports Book of the Year. The public vote will held on the official website – The paperback edition of My Animals and Other Family was published on 11th April 2013.…
  • Clare Balding triumphs at Specsavers National Book Awards

    Congratulations to Clare Balding for winning Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards, the 'Oscars of the publishing industry,’ for My Animals and Other Family. The award was announced last night at a star-studded party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. She told the Telegraph that the prize was "genuinely one of the most exciting things that has happened in my life... It's not my story, it's everybody's story." Click on the link below to watch the interview.…
  • Clare Balding joins Viking with My Animals and Other Family

    Viking Penguin is to publish the childhood memoir of BBC sports presenter Clare Balding, My Animals and Other Family, in September 2012. Joel Rickett, Editorial Director of Viking, pre-empted world rights to two books. The agent was Ivan Mulcahy at Mulcahy Conway Associates, acting for Nicola Ibison at James Grant Group. Joel Rickett said: "My Animals and Other Family is Clare's story of growing up in an unusual household where the horses took priority, the dogs looked after the children, and the Queen would drop by for breakfast. It's tender and painfully true, full of huge characters both animal and human. The writing is magical. This is a book which will be loved by everyone." Clare Balding said: "I am utterly thrilled to be joining the Penguin family, especially because they are the literary home to Gerald Durrell. This is a huge moment for me and I hope I can repay their faith in my writing ability. I can honestly say that I am more excited about this than anything that has ever happened in my working life." Clare Balding will be at the heart of the BBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympics. A former leading amateur flat jockey, she became the face of the BBC's racing output in 1998. She presents flagship sporting events including the Olympics, Wimbledon and Royal Ascot, and has been voted RTS Sports Presenter of the Year and Racing Journalist of the Year. She also presents Ramblings on BBC Radio 4, and in 2010 she filmed Britain By Bike for BBC4. My Animals and Other Family will be released as a Viking hardback and ebook in September 2012. Lee Durrell, widow of Gerald Durrell, has given permission to use the allusive title.
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