Horatio Clare’s first book, Running for the Hills, is the best-selling story of a Welsh childhood on a remote hill farm; it won the Somerset Maugham award, and was followed by A Single Swallow, which follows the migration of swallows from South Africa to South Wales. Horatio’s next book Down to the Sea in Ships, which won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, shares the story of voyages on cargo ships and reveals the largely hidden human story of trade across the oceans.
In 2015, Horatio wrote his first children’s book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot; a modern-day fable that mixes real family life with fantastical woodland creatures to tackle the theme of depression. Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot won the Branford Boase Award for best debut children’s book and was followed by Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds in 2017, which again tackled challenging themes including environmental damage, migration and relationships.
His next book, Heavy Light, looks at what we know about psychosis and breakdown, how we treat acute mental health crises and how we might best do so in the future.
A broadcaster and journalist, Horatio also writes regularly on travel for the Financial Times and Conde Nast Traveller, and broadcasts on diverse subjects for From Our Own Correspondent on Radio 4, alongside presenting Sound Walks on Radio 3. He further lecturers in nonfiction at the University of Manchester.
“I am hugely proud to be charity ambassador for EyUp! having myself been treated for an acute mental health crisis in January 2019.
“The care, dedication and skill of the staff and support workers at Fieldhead and throughout South West Yorkshire Parternship NHS Foundation Trust was exemplary and unstinting. My family and I were and are so grateful to them.
“The treatment of the most vulnerable is the measure of a socitey – I am hugely honoured to be part of the work now.”