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Big Pig, Little Pig

A Year on a Smallholding in South-West France

Jacqueline Yallop



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Penguin Books Ltd
16 July 2018
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 . . .
Imprint:   Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   120g
ISBN:   9780241977156
ISBN 10:   0241977150
Pages:   240
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jacqueline Yallop is the author of three critically acclaimed novels and two works of non-fiction. Jacqueline teaches Creative Writing at the University of Aberystwyth, and divides her time between the UK and south-west France.

Reviews for Big Pig, Little Pig: A Year on a Smallholding in South-West France

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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