This was a really enjoyable read. Clare's childhood was interesting, but not made to seem too idyllic. Her life surrounded by animals is full of happiness but also sadness. I loved how each chapter was the name of a particular animal and how each one's personality was really portrayed. Clare also explored the tougher times in her childhood, too, like the inherent sexism in her family and her father's lack of enthusiasm towards her. The stories really had me gripped, some of them even making me laugh out loud. The only part I didn't enjoy was some of the dates and statistics used about horse racing which I didn't fully understand, but most of it was explained well. I give this book 8/10.