Broadcaster Clare Balding has signed a deal to publish her first children’s book.
The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop is aimed at seven to 11-year-olds.
The story follows Charlie Bass, a “horse-mad” nine-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony.
Her parents buy a horse called Noble Warrior who “looks the part” but refuses to gallop. Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion – he just needs the right motivation!
Horslen said that working with Balding on the book has been an “absolute delight”.
Balding said she wanted to create a book which her nephews and niece would enjoy reading.
“So the decision to write fiction for children rather than adults was because of them,” she explained.
“They have been thoughtful (and very direct) critics as I’ve drafted and redrafted the story. Writing requires a huge amount of patience and hard work – while I have enjoyed it immensely, I have also taken it very seriously and I hope it shows in the finished product”.
The Horse That Wouldn’t Gallop will be published on September 22.