Wishing a very happy publication day to Clover Stroud, whose memoir, The Wild Other is released into the world today, published by Hodder.
Clover's idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged.
Just sixteen, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia's war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England's lyrical Vale of the White Horse.
The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature. Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.
There is so much richly evoked life here... beautifully written. Cathy Rentzenbrink The Times
Clover Stroud is a born writer: honest, tender, moving and true. A beautiful book. Cressida Connolly
Horses, family ties, exotic lovers and beautiful writing all saddle up in this thoroughbred ride through love, loss, danger, motherhood and healing. The Bookseller
A stunning story of courage in the face of fortune's cruellest blows, Clover Stroud's extraordinary memoir charts her journey from child to adult, from daughter to mother, proving that bravery - and love - will triumph even in the darkest situations. Rosie Boycott
Beautifully written and so moving ... a gritty, passionate, searingly honest meditation on grief, love and motherhood. Katie Hickman
Beautifully written...I love this book. India Knight
Heart-wrenching and beautifully written. Polly Samson
An astonishing piece of work that at times made my heart burst. All of human life is contained in this book. Clover Stroud is a remarkable woman, and an incredible writer. Bryony Gordon
Fearless, frank and so beautifully told, The Wild Other is a defiant story of love and motherhood in the face of loss. One of those books that makes you resolve to wring every last exhilarating drop from life while you can. Gaby Hinsliff
So haunting and brave and beautiful. Polly Williams
A dazzling, searingly honest book. Love. Sex. Grief. The Wild West. I couldn't put it down. Esther Freud
An extraordinary memoir... Stroud writes with moving, eloquent honesty. Elizabeth Day, The Pool
Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present... a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose. Tatler
Some events can't be mitigated; they can only be endured with grace and style, something Stroud certainly achieves, to judge from this marvellous book. The Spectator
A startling and raw memoir, which has drawn comparisons to Cheryl Strayed's Wild... Brave, beautiful writing, which can't help but inspire us to find our own "wild others". Red magazine