Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a “powerful account of grief, motherhood, depression and the healing power of horses”.
Assistant editor Maddy Price bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Clover Stroud’s book, provisionally titled To The Horses, from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.
Sparked by a tragedy in late childhood - when Stroud was 16 her mother had a riding accident which left her severely brain-damaged - Stroud’s journey takes her across the world – to Ireland, west Texas and the Caucasus. She finds true resolution in returning to Oxfordshire, the place where she grew up, and a house in the shadow of the White Horse at Uffington.
Price said: ‘”All of us at Hodder & Stoughton were blown away by the quality of Clover’s writing and her insight. She addresses some very powerful themes – and at times her honesty is shocking. But Clover’s story is ultimately an uplifting one, and the result is a wonderful read.”
Stroud, a journalist writing for the Sunday Times and the Spectator among others, said: “Writing this book has been an emotional process for me, but I'm so excited to be sharing my story now. I hope that readers will find something in my writing that touches them, whether they are mothers themselves, have experienced grief or depression, or simply share my deep love for horses, nature and the outdoor world.”
Stroud’s memoir will be published in spring 2017 in hardback, trade paperback and e-book.