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 2014

Down to the Sea in Ships, the best-selling story of seafarers, giant cargo ships and voyages around the world, is a 'book of the year so far' in the Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph'. "Stupendous and extraordinarily exciting" - The Times "Both romantic and realistic, written from the heart but crafted with a seafarer's passionate precision" - The Independent "Wonderful" - The Daily Telegraph "Rather special: part travel book, part anthropological study, part cultural history of seafaring. Rich and dense, full of old sea-dog stories, with barely a word wasted, it’s a triumph of quiet artistry" - The Daily Mail "Acutely observed and surprisingly moving...Clare’s writing everywhere is of the highest order, assured, probing and alert. But it is his ability to convey the strange effect on the human spirit of being at sea that raises the book above the ordinary" - The Spectator

You can order it here

Autumn Events 2014

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.