Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare (1973 - ) is 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.



Clare describes the experience in his first book "Running for the Hills" (John Murray 2006) which was widely and favourably reivewed in the UK, where it became a bestseller, as in the US.

His second book "Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope" (John Murray July 2007) seeks to explore and explain 'the mad elephant years' as the book calls them, the period in which young men are most likely to take drugs, get into fights, go to jail and commit suicide.


Autumn News 2013

Horatio's new book is at final proof stage. Down To The Sea In Ships comes out in January. An account of the vast oceans; a compendium of sea stories; a patchwork history of seafaring; a study of men and manhood; a collection of nature writing from the planet's greatest wilderness and a travel book comprising two voyages by cargo ship (one from Felixstowe via Suez to Los Angeles; the other across the North Atlantic from Antwerp to Montreal, through a stormy winter), Down to the Sea In Ships goes to beyond the place Joseph Conrad described when he said "The Peace of God begins a thousand miles from the nearest land..." 

You can pre-order it here

Autumn Events
  • October 21st, 6 - 9.30pm, Somerset House, London

    A celebration of Seren's New Tales from the Mabinogion series

If you have missed any of this summer's treats, here are some highlights:
More News here

Meet the Author - dates here

Please visit this page where I will post any dates of upcoming festivals and appearances
  • A Single Swallow

  • Truant: Notes from A Slippery Slope

  • Running for the Hills

  • Sicily Through Writers' Eye

  • Red City: Marakech Through Writers' Eyes

  • Meetings With Remarkable Muslims
OUT NOW - A Single Swallow
The story of a journey between Cape Town and South Wales in 2008, following Barn Swallows on their northbound migration, leaving the Cape on February 1st and crossing the Severn Sea (aka the Bristol Channel)

Forum Swallow Notes, Questions and Queries here

His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Spectator, The New Statesman, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and Vogue.

At the BBC Clare worked as a researcher, then producer on Front Row (Radio 4), Night Waves and The Verb (Radio 3) for which he now freelances.

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.