Crowds gallop to Sidmouth store to meet Clare Balding

Clare Balding signed copies of her new book in Winstone's, Sidmouth

Clare Balding signed copies of her new book in Winstone's, Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

Acclaimed author and television presenter visits Winstone’s book shop

Clare Balding signed copies of her new book in Winstone's, Sidmouth

Clare Balding signed copies of her new book in Winstone's, Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

Acclaimed author and television presenter Clare Balding proved her far-reaching popularity as crowds queued into the street outside Winstone’s book shop to meet her.

The renowned personality made a special whistle-stop visit to Sidmouth on Wednesday to sign copies of her debut children’s story - The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.

People of all ages flocked to meet the national treasure, who is best known for her coverage of major international sporting events, and she won each visitor over with her warm wit.

Clare said she was inspired to pen a children’s book because she has two nephews and a niece under the age of 10 and she wanted to write a story specifically for them.


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The book focuses on a horse-mad 10-year-old called Charlie Bass, who accidentally buys a racehorse in a money-making scheme – but there’s just one problem, he won’t gallop.

Clare told the Herald: “It was important to have a strong female lead. It’s my way of saying to kids who feel a bit different or feel they are not perfect to not worry about that.”

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Clare added that it is encouraging to see boys enjoy the book, as some may have been put off by reading about a female heroine. Winstone’s manager Carl East thanked Clare for fitting Sidmouth into her tour.

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