Clover Stroud to speak in the DEL-MERL visiting speaker series, Thursday 1 February 12pm


The DEL/MERL Visiting Speaker Series 2018: Clover Stroud

Clover will read extracts from The Wild Other, her confessional memoir about the role horses and the landscape of Oxfordshire have played in managing trauma in her life. She will talk about the riding accident, and subsequent profound brain damange, that her mother suffered when Clover was 16. The Wild Other is an exploration of the passage of grief, and of solace found on the Ridgeway and in the shadow of the ancient White Horse at Uffington. It was 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

Thursday 1 February, 12.00-13.00

The Museum of English Rural Life, 6 Redlands Road, Reading
admission free

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