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The Unexpected Genius of Pigs

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs

Charming, lyrical and surprising, THE UNEXPECTED GENIUS OF PIGS throws open the sty gates into the fascinating world of a creature we wrongly dismiss as dirty and stupid (stubbornness is another matter) as Matt explores the astonishing truth about pigs.

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ISBN 9780008301224
Barcode 9780008301224
Published 22 October 2018 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback, edition
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Author(s) By Whyman, Matt
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ISBN-13 9780008301224
ISBN-10 0008301220
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publication Date 22 October 2018
International Publication Date 4 October 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, edition
Edition edition
Author(s) By Whyman, Matt
Category Biography & Autobiography
Animal Husbandry
Farm & Working Animals
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 200g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Swine
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 636.4
Catalogue Code 940525

Description of this Book

Charming, lyrical and surprising, THE UNEXPECTED GENIUS OF PIGS throws open the sty gates into the fascinating world of a creature we wrongly dismiss as dirty and stupid (stubbornness is another matter) as Matt explores the astonishing truth about pigs. `Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.' Winston Churchill We often consider dogs to be our enduring sidekicks, but the truth is that domestic pigs have played a role in our lives for nearly as long. Pigs are highly social and super smart. They like to play. They have good long-term memories. They can tell which people are nice to them and which aren't. They sing to their young when they nurse them. They're inventive and crafty and belligerent - and incredibly single minded. If they want something, they'll get it. In fact, we have far more in common with these creatures than we may like to admit - although maybe some more than others. Shining a light on the simple genius of pigs, this delightful book will explore everything from evolution and behaviour to intelligence and communication; the wonder of a pig's nose to porcine relationships, friendships and feuds. Combining fascinating facts and insight, with personal pig-rearing experience, THE UNEXPECTED GENIUS OF PIGS is a celebration of a larger than life personality and an animal that can often have our measure. Charming, affectionate and full of surprises, join Matt Whyman on his journey to discover more about this brilliant creature.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review For Pig in the Middle: `Move over Marley, a pair of cute mini-pigs are about to take over the world.' New York Post `This merry memoir of family growing pains and too many pets has so many laugh-out-loud sequences it's embarrassing to read in public... the most good-hearted, hilarious memoir in years.' Shelf Awareness `What a fabulous, funny read! I enjoyed every page. Highly recommended for anyone with a pet, a partner, a family, a sense of humour...or even a minipig.' Sophie Kinsella `Funny, frank and charming.' Lisa Jewell `Definitely my favourite pigs since Babe... funny and completely charming.' Jenny Colgan `Written with wry humour and accompanied by numerous photographs, ink is a moving salute to love, family and commitment.' Richmond Times-Dispatch `Be careful where you read this book because it is laugh-out-loud funny... Whyman has a flair for self-deprecating asides and for making the ordinary sparkling. It's compelling, bristles with irony and is sure to delight animal lovers.' Daily Telegraph (Sydney) `A darling book - very funny and definitely for animal lovers.' ABC
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Matt Whyman had no intention of becoming a pig expert. When his wife set down the cat basket and welcomed minipigs Butch and Roxi into their family home, he barely registered their presence. Several years later, with the garden all but gone, Matt watched their two twenty-five stone hogzillas leave in a horsebox for a new life turning the soil on an organic sheep farm. In that time he'd learned the truth about minipigs (there is no such thing), got to grips with their upkeep and fallen in love with an animal brimming with more energy, intelligence, playfulness, sociability, spirit and soul than he ever could've imagined. Matt Whyman is also the author of several novels and two bestselling comic memoirs, OINK: MY LIFE WITH MINIPIGS and WALKING WITH SAUSAGE DOGS. He is married with four children and lives in West Sussex.

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