JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 29th SEPT / 10.00 – 12.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)
‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’
Join author and broadcaster Clare Balding as she introduces her brilliant children’s novel, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop. Meet young heroine Charlie Bass (and her funny family of humans and animals) in an aspirational story about overcoming adversity and following your dreams. Clare will share tales from her own childhood growing up surrounded by animals and some inspirational stories meeting Olympians and Paralympians throughout her remarkable career. Clare will also give a sneak preview of her follow up novel, The Racehorse Who Disappeared publishing October 2017. Be sure to bring your own horsey questions!
Praise for The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding
‘A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message’ – Jacqueline Wilson
‘A cheerful paean to books, big thighs and working hard to realise your dreams’ – The Guardian
‘Will inspire girls to aim high. Uplifting and funny’ – Daily Express
‘Charlie is a feisty, funny girl who will appeal to pony-mad readers who’ll devour all the inside knowledge of the equine world that Balding brings to her debut’ – Daily Mail
When she was young, Clare Balding thought she was a dog. Disappointed to discover she was only human, she did her best to spend every waking hour with dogs and ponies. She could ride before she could walk and, growing up surrounded by racehorses trained by her father, she dreamt of winning the Grand National or riding for Great Britain at the Olympics. Those dreams never came true but the consolation prize hasn’t been bad.
As a television and radio presenter, Clare has worked at six Olympic Games, the highlight being London 2012, as well as the Winter Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, the Grand National, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and the Ryder Cup. She is the author of two best-selling, award-wining autobiographies and her debut children’s novel, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop was the second bestselling children’s debut of 2016. Clare lives in London with her wife, Alice, and their very naughty dog, Archie.
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