279 pages, no illustrations
Clover Stroud's idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged.
Just sixteen, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. 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
"Clover Stroud is a born writer: honest, tender, moving and true. A beautiful book."
– Cressida Connolly
"Horses, family ties, exotic lovers and beautiful writing all saddle up in this thoroughbred ride through love, loss, danger, motherhood and healing."
– The Bookseller
"A stunning story of courage in the face of fortune's cruellest blows, Clover Stroud's extraordinary memoir charts her journey from child to adult, from daughter to mother, proving that bravery – and love – will triumph even in the darkest situations."
– Rosie Boycott
"Beautifully written and so moving [...] a gritty, passionate, searingly honest meditation on grief, love and motherhood."
– Katie Hickman
"Beautifully written [...] I love this book."
– India Knight
"Heart-wrenching and beautifully written."
– Polly Samson
"An astonishing piece of work that at times made my heart burst. All of human life is contained in this book. Clover Stroud is a remarkable woman, and an incredible writer."
– Bryony Gordon
"Fearless, frank and so beautifully told, The Wild Other is a defiant story of love and motherhood in the face of loss. One of those books that makes you resolve to wring every last exhilarating drop from life while you can."
– Gaby Hinsliff
"So haunting and brave and beautiful."
– Polly Williams
"A dazzling, searingly honest book. Love. Sex. Grief. The Wild West. I couldn't put it down."
– Esther Freud
"An extraordinary memoir [...] Stroud writes with moving, eloquent honesty."
– Elizabeth Day, The Pool
"Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present [...] a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose."
"An uplifting and achingly honest personal story about loss, trauma and grief."
– Woman and Home
"Some events can't be mitigated; they can only be endured with grace and style, something Stroud certainly achieves, to judge from this marvellous book."
– The Spectator
"A startling and raw memoir, which has drawn comparisons to Cheryl Strayed's Wild [...] Brave, beautiful writing, which can't help but inspire us to find our own "wild others" [...] Shocking and sexy, yet tragic and touching too."
– Red magazine
– Country Life
"Some books have the power to make you reconsider certainties, to reflect, alter and transform previous assumptions about love, sex, freedom, friendship, courage and death. Clover Stroud's memoir, The Wild Other, is such a book"
"Stroud writes with considerable power, resonance and brutal honesty. The Wild Other will enthral anyone with wanderlust."
– Sunday Express
"This heartfelt account begins with a young girl lost in the hinterlands of grief, and ends with a woman coming to terms with the wildness within herself."
– Financial Times
"A moving account of the tragic consequences of a horse-riding accident on a loving daughter."
– Sunday Times
"A survivor's tale that is both redemptive and cathartic."
"This redemptive memoir will steal your heart; it will return it bruised but emboldened."
– Mail on Sunday
"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
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Clover Stroud is a writer and journalist writing for the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, and Conde Nast Traveller, among others. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children.