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Clare Balding Publishing her First Children’s Book

'The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop' publishing in September 2016


Due to be published by Puffin later this year, Clare’s first-ever children’s book will feature artwork by acclaimed illustrator Tony Ross. Having previously worked with Roald Dahl and David Walliams, Tony is the perfect partner for The Racehorse Who Couldn’t Gallop.


Charlie Bass is a horse-mad nine-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when her eccentric parents announce that they are going to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled.


The horse they buy, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There’s just one problem – he won’t gallop. In fact, he won’t even trot round the field without his best friend, Percy, a naughty palomino pony, at his side.


But Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion – he just needs the right motivation…


A classic, funny animal story –  perfect for fans of My Family and Other Animals.