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100 of the most heroic, inspirational (and sometimes hilarious) animals from history, brought to life by national treasure, Clare Balding.

Bobbie the Wonder dog crossed more than 2,500 miles of plains, desert and mountains to find his way home – and became the inspiration for Lassie.

Cher Ami the pigeon, despite being shot twice, delivered a message that saved the lives of 194 soldiers in 1918.

Trakr the police dog spent two days exhaustively searching Ground Zero and found the last survivor of the 9/11 attacks.

Ever since Alexander the Great named a city after the horse who saved his life in battle (and another after his dog), human history wouldn’t be the same without the awe-inspiring tales of amazing animals.

Now BAFTA-winning presenter, no. 1 bestselling author and all-round national treasure Clare Balding picks out the most heroic and heartwarming (and sometimes hilarious) animals from history and tells their stories.

From Simon the sea cat to Greyfriars Bobby’s 14-year vigil over his master’s grave, to the elephant that saved a small girl and Paul the World-Cup-predicting octopus, Heroic Animals brings to life incredible feats and moving moments which highlight the timeless special bond between human and animal.

(P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited


Women's Weekly
Daily Telegraph
Heart warming and at times very funny . . . her love of animals shines through in these accounts, which bring to life the amazing moments and special bonds between humans and animals
Radio Times
Daily Mirror
Incredible stories
Woman & Home
Some stories are awe-inspiring, some are moving, while others are simply laugh-out-loud funny
Perfect for animal lovers everywhere!
People's Friend
An inspiring fireside read
Horse & Hound
Sunday Express
The perfect book to read on a cold winter's day with your dog snuggled up beside you
Your Dog
Animal magic
Sunday Telegraph
Daily Mail