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The Wild Other

The Wild Other

Shortlisted for THE WAINWRIGHT BOOK PRIZE 2017

This story – so fierce and brave and visceral and raw – will stay with me forever. Clover Stroud is a force of nature, and a woman who is fearless in the face of life and death. I loved it.’ Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love

There is so much richly evoked life here… beautifully written.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

‘This redemptive memoir will steal your heart; it will return it bruised but emboldened.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Beautifully written…I love this book.’ India Knight

‘Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present… a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose.’ Tatler

‘I have huge admiration for the spirit of this memoir, and its author: full of heart, bravery and adventure. A moving, gripping read.’ Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun

Clover Stroud’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.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

On Sale: 9th February 2017

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781473630215

Reviews

Horses, family ties, exotic lovers and beautiful writing all saddle up in this thoroughbred ride through love, loss, danger, motherhood and healing.
The Bookseller
Enthralling
Country Life
This redemptive memoir will steal your heart; it will return it bruised but emboldened.
Mail on Sunday
An extraordinary memoir... Stroud writes with moving, eloquent honesty.
Elizabeth Day, The Pool
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
Heart-wrenching and beautifully written.
Polly Samson
Beautifully written and so moving ... a gritty, passionate, searingly honest meditation on grief, love and motherhood.
Katie Hickman
A dazzling, searingly honest book. Love. Sex. Grief. The Wild West. I couldn't put it down.
Esther Freud
A survivor's tale that is both redemptive and cathartic.
Observer
Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present... a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose.
Tatler
This heartfelt account begins with a young girl lost in the hinterlands of grief, and ends with a woman coming to terms with the wildness within herself.
Financial Times
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
Stroud writes with considerable power, resonance and brutal honesty. The Wild Other will enthral anyone with wanderlust.
Sunday Express
Beautifully written...I love this book.
India Knight
A moving account of the tragic consequences of a horse-riding accident on a loving daughter.
Sunday Times
Shocking and sexy, yet tragic and touching too.
Red magazine
I can't recommend Clover Stroud's memoir The Wild Other enough. Stroud is a brilliant writer and has led a fascinating life.
Evening Standard
This story - so fierce and brave and visceral and raw - will stay with me forever. Clover Stroud is a force of nature, and a woman who is fearless in the face of life and death. I loved it.
Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love
There is so much richly evoked life here... beautifully written.
Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times
Some books have the power to make you reconsider certainties, to reflect, alter and transform previous assumptions about love, sex, freedom, friendship, courage and death. Clover Stroud's memoir, The Wild Other, is such a book
Telegraph
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
I loved this beautiful, passionate, troubled book, which gallops courageously over difficult terrain. At once a wrenching account of a tragedy and a love letter to the solace provided by horses, Stroud's clear-eyed look at how wildness and domesticity have entwined in her life is both heartening and inspiring.
Olivia Laing
An uplifting and achingly honest personal story about loss, trauma and grief.
Woman and Home
So haunting and brave and beautiful.
Polly Williams
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
Clover Stroud is a born writer: honest, tender, moving and true. A beautiful book.
Cressida Connolly
I have huge admiration for the spirit of this memoir, and its author: full of heart, bravery and adventure. A moving, gripping read.
Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun
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