Angela Carter

This Little Piggy

A History of the British Pig

By Julian Wiseman

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A History of the British Pig is exactly what it says it is – a straightforward, somewhat bald account of the domestic pig in British agriculture since the Anglo-Saxons. There’s no romancing, no speculation, no fancy stuff; the ample illustrations richly demonstrate the characteristic, serio-grotesque, infinitely appealing nature of the pig, but Julian Wiseman keeps his objectivity, as befits a lecturer in Animal Production (University of Nottingham). Though pig-lovers will find much of interest here, this book is not a celebration of the pig.

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