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Big Pig, Little Pig

A Year on a Smallholding in South-West France

Jacqueline Yallop author


Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Published:5th Jul '18

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

'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

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 . . .

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 *

ISBN: 9780241977156

Dimensions: 198mm x 128mm x 12mm

Weight: 120g

240 pages