Wed March 29: Clover Stroud, ‘The Wild Other’

wild-otherThis is a memoir of love, loss, motherhood, sex and danger. Broadcaster, writer and journalist Clover Stroud says:

“I had a very unconventional and very happy childhood in Wiltshire, which ended in the most violent way when my mother suffered fell from her horse out riding and was left horrifically brain damaged. This early experience of loss and trauma has informed everything I have done since then.

Mum’s accident sent me out into the world on a journey that took me to the brink of self destruction, where I sought wild experiences in the form of wild horses, sex, narcotics and wild men. The book is also about the devastating power of nature to destroy and heal, and I hope that my five children will not be alarmed by it.”

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

‘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

Clover will be talking about her book to Lis Allen, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of her book.

Tickets £6 from The Hungerford Bookshop (includes a glass of wine and £5 off the book on the night) or on-line on here