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  • Published: 16 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241977156
  • Imprint: Fig Tree
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

Big Pig, Little Pig




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: Fig Tree
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • 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

A love story, a meditation on meat eating, on farming animals, on the relations between man and beast. Yallop writes with great tenderness

Daily Telegraph

Portrays the full muddy, snouty, squealing reality

Daily Mail

The narrative tension is as tightly coiled as a thriller

Observer

Keeps the reader gripped throughout. Yallop's skills as a novelist stand out in this well-crafted memoir

The Times Literary Supplement

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

Radio Times

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