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  • Published: 16 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241977156
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

Big Pig, Little Pig

A Tale of Two Pigs in France




A life-affirming memoir revelling in the comic, fond and enduring entanglement of people, animals and places

On her fortieth birthday Jacqueline Yallop built a pig sty in rural south-west France. She and her husband Ed had decided to turn their Aveyron cottage and garden into a small holding. They bought two pigs - Big and Little - to rear and slaughter. The locals were full of advice, and with just a small amount of plastic poles and metallic string and some new Wellington boots, they were off.

They will cultivate the land. They will raise, then kill and eat their pigs. Or so they keep telling themselves. Because the reality is so very different from the romantic dreams of two stubborn English writers . . .

  • Published: 16 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241977156
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Jacqueline Yallop

Jacqueline Yallop is the author of three novels and a history of Victorian collecting. She has a PhD in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and has worked as a museum curator in Manchester and Sheffield. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Aberystwyth.

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Praise for Big Pig, Little Pig

By turn, poignant, funny, educational and, yes, brutal . . . Yallop's skill lies in blending autobiography with lyrical nature writing.

Radio Times

Quietly devastating . . . Yallop writes with great tenderness about the hogs as housekeepers and gourmands

Daily Telegraph

A delightful and entertaining memoir

Woman and Home

A beautifully written and quietly devastating account of raising two young pigs on [Yallop's] smallholding in the south of France

Frances Wilson, The New Statesman

The narrative tension is as tightly coiled as a thriller

Observer

Fascinating . . . you certainly have a treat in store

Literary Review

Very affecting

Daily Mail

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