Horatio Clare

A writer, radio producer and journalist. Born in London.

He and his brother Alexander grew up on a hill farm in the Black Mountains of south Wales. They were raised by their mother, who had fallen in love with the mountains and with sheep farming.

Clare describes the experience in his first book "Running for the Hills" (John Murray 2006) in which he sets out to trace the course and causes of his parents’ divorce, and recalls the eccentric, romantic and often harsh conditions of his childhood. The book was widely and favourably reviewed in the UK, where it became a bestseller, as it did in the US.

"Running for the Hills" won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2007, was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award 2006 and Clare was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, 2007.

A Single Swallow


From the slums of Cape Town to the palaces of Algiers, through Pygmy villages where pineapples grow wild, to the Gulf of Guinea where the sea blazes with oil flares, across two continents and fourteen countries - this epic journey is nothing to swallows, they do it twice a year.

The Prince's Pen


"...an epic tale of conflict, faith and banishment...this reworked tale provides a graphic depiction of the cruelty of war and torture"

                                                                                             The Guardian 2011



At thirteen Horatio Clare was a boarder at a boy's public school, a privileged member of an apparently blessed generation.

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience, this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain