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Nationality  British
Education  Atlantic College
Role  Author
Name  Horatio Clare
Genre  Memoir, Travel writing

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Books  Down to the Sea in Ships, Running for the Hills: Gro, A Single Swallow: Following, Truant: Notes from the Slipp, The Prince's Pen

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Horatio Clare (born 1973) is a Welsh-British author. He worked at the BBC as a producer on Front Row (BBC Radio 4), Night Waves and The Verb (BBC Radio 3). He has written two memoirs, Running for the Hills and Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope, a novella, The Prince's Pen, and two works of travel and nature writing: A Single Swallow and Down to the Sea in Ships. He wrote and edited Sicily Through Writers' Eyes. In 2015 he published Orison for A Curlew, a combination of travel and nature writing, and an acclaimed children's book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, the sequel to which, Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds appeared in 2017.


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Background and career

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Born in London, Clare grew up on a hill farm in the Black Mountains of south Wales. He later attended Malvern College and the United World College of the Atlantic before reading English at the University of York.

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Clare describes the experiences of his childhood in his first book, the best-seller Running for the Hills. His second book, Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope was published in 2008. In 2009 Clare's third book, A Single Swallow: Following an epic journey from South Africa to South Wales", was published. In 2014 Chatto and Windus published Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men, the best-selling story of two voyages on container vessels Clare joined.

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In 2015 his first children's book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, was published by Firefly, and an account of the disappearance of the slender-billed curlew, Orison for a Curlew was published by Little Toller Books. In 2017 "Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds" was published by Firefly. A collection of retellings of Welsh legends, "Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons", was published by Graffeg.

Clare is the author and editor of Sicily Through Writers' Eyes, an anthology of writings about Sicily, and a contributor to the collections Red City: Marrakech Through Writers' Eyes and Meetings With Remarkable Muslims. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Spectator, New Statesman, Financial Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph, "The Observer"and Vogue.

Awards and honours

  • 2007 Somerset Maugham Award winner for Running for the Hills
  • 2007 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award shortlist for Running for the Hills
  • 2010 Dolman Best Travel Book Award shortlisted for A Single Swallow
  • 2010 Foreign Press Association Awards Winner: Travel Feature 2010 "Rock of Ages - Ethiopian Highlands"
  • 2015 Wales Book of the Year Shortlisted for "Down to the Sea in Ships"
  • 2015 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year winner for Down to the Sea in Ships
  • 2016 Branford Boase Award Winner, Debut Children's Book of the Year, "Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot".
  • Publications

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  • Marrakech the Red City: the City through Writers' Eyes, Sickle Moon / Eland, 2003
  • Meetings With Remarkable Muslims, Eland 2005
  • Sicily: Through Writers' Eye, Eland, 2006
  • Running for the Hills, John Murray, 2006
  • Truant: Notes from A Slippery Slope, John Murrary, 2007
  • A Single Swallow, Chatto and Windus (UK) and Nieuw Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2009
  • The Prince's Pen, Seren Books 2011, New Tales from the Mabinogion series
  • Down to the Sea in Ships, 2014
  • Orison for a Curlew, Little Toller Books 2015.
  • Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot Firefly 2015
  • Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds Firefly 2017
  • Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons Graffeg 2017
  • References

    Horatio Clare Wikipedia

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