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Horatio Clare was born in London, but grew up on a hill farm in the Black Mountains of South Wales. He is the bestselling author of two memoirs including Running for the Hills, which tells the story of his rural childhood and was the winner of the 2007 Somerset Maugham Award. He also wrote the travel book A Single Swallow – which follows the birds' migration from South Africa to the UK – and a novella, The Prince's Pen, a retelling of a Mabinogion tale. An award-winning journalist, occasional teacher, former radio producer, sometime broadcaster and Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool, Horatio writes regularly on nature for the Daily Telegraph and on travel for various international publications. His most recent book is Down to the Sea in Ships (2014).