A TOP broadcaster and sports presenter will be visiting Hampshire to speak about her new book.

Clare Balding will be coming to Stockbridge following the release of the Isle of Dogs, in which she shares her love of the family pet in an adventure across Britain.

The BBC presenter and journalist will be talking about her life and work and will be signing copies of the new book which will also be available to buy on the day.

Ms Balding has always been fascinated by the impact dogs have on our lives and the way they have shaped Britain across the centuries.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Clare BaldingClare Balding (Image: Alex Lake)

In Isle of Dogs, she explores the characteristics of people’s favourite breeds, why they’re drawn to them and what they bring out in them, from how they work to how they live.

The author has spoken to people whose everyday survival depends on their dogs and people who work with dogs. She looks into how humanity has made use of their superior senses to root out drugs, discover disease, detect bombs, rescue missing or injured people and sniff out accelerants in potential cases of arson.

The book uncovers how people care for and train dogs that are as large as a pony or small enough to fit in a handbag, British businesses inspired by dogs and considers why certain breeds have soared in popularity.

Clare Balding’s ‘canine adventure through Britain’, published by Ebury Press, will be available from Thursday, October 12.

Ms Balding has supported independent Stockbridge book shop, The Bookmark, over the years, having done two previous book signing events there.

An Evening with Clare Balding will be at Stockbridge Town Hall on Sunday, December 3 from 7pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £6 for children. To book visit The Bookmark in Stockbridge High Street or go to eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-clare-balding-cbe-tickets-716695454397?aff=erelexpmlt.