Clare Balding has written a collection of stories celebrating the exploits of her heroes – and none of them are human.
The presenter grew up surrounded by animals and says she was shaped by them more than people.
Heroic Animals includes the inspiring tales of Wojtek, the bear who fought in the Second World War, Congo, the chimp who created 400 abstract paintings, and many more.
Clare, 55, writes: “Animals have made me who I am. I was not quite born in a stable and schooled in a kennel but near enough.
“I grew up surrounded by dogs, ponies and