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Oink: My Life with Mini-Pigs
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In this autobiographical cross between Babe and Marley & Me, a family of six (plus one dog, one cat, and several chickens) decides to invite two mini-pigs into their chaotic household.
Paris Hilton carries one around like a Chihuahua. Posh and Beckham just bought a matching pair. The mini-pig, for reasons unknown, has suddenly become a celebrity accessory. But for author Matt Whyman and his family, the pigs were a way to keep the man of the house out of the doghouse…if only he knew how his life would be turned upside down. In Oink, the unforgettable story of what happens when a pair of porkers takes over, Whyman provides a slapstick account of how life will never be the same again.
Matt Whyman is a successful author of novels for adults and young adults. His writing has won prizes and acclaim alike, and his success has enabled him to enjoy a quiet writer’s life in the English countryside. But his wife, Emma, doesn’t like the quiet. She prefers the liveliness of a big brood. Of course, she’s at work all day and doesn’t have to worry about the chaos that, well, total chaos creates. When mini-piglets Butch and Roxi arrive in their basket, they join one freaked-out feline, a dog that’s a lone wolf, a wild bunch of chickens, and four challenging human children. What ensues reveals the reality of what happens when you bring livestock into the living room. Can mini-pigs really cuddle up on the couch? Or are they better bred for bacon?
Funny, touching, and endlessly entertaining, Oink charts the trials and errors of one man and his family’s menagerie as he sets out to master the art of managing Butch and Roxi—before they start to breed.
"Having a mini-pig as a pet may sound cute — indeed, they've become a hot commodity, owned by the likes of Paris Hilton and David Beckham — but when British writer Whyman (Goldstrike) picks up a pair for his family, the dirty truth is revealed.Â Butch and Roxi turn out to be destructive, loud, and just plain bad company.Â They place a strain on his marriage, relationships with his friends, coworkers, and kids. The family cat never quite gets over the pesky pigs, though Sesi, the family's Canadian shepherd, quickly establishes herself as the pigs' surrogate mom. Despite all the trouble they cause, Whyman's tale is rife with humor. Early on, Whyman peeks under his desk to discover 'the clenched rear flanks of a little pink pig' as Roxi pees on his feet. After warming up to the porkers, Whyman and co. decide to try their hands at pig-breeding. However, he quickly realizes that two pigs is plenty, and abandons the venture. With so many characters carousing about the household, Whyman's raucous mini-pig memoir becomes an endearing meditation on the difficult, but ultimately worthwhile, relationships between people and the pets with which they share their home (or occasional pigsty). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;An unforgettable, slapstick story of what happens when two tiny porkers move in on family life.andlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Paris Hilton carries one around like a Chihuahua, while Posh and Becks own a pair. The mini-pig, for reasons unknown, has become the latest celebrity accessory, but whatand#8217;s it really like to invite little livestock into the living room? andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Matt Whyman, a successful novelist, enjoys a quiet writerand#8217;s life in the English countryside and#8230; until his career wife, Emma, discovers the existence of a pig said to fit inside a handbag. She believes not one but two would be a perfect addition to the already diverse Whyman clan, which includes one wolf-like dog, a freaked-out feline, their wild bunch of ex-battery chickens as well as four challenging children. In reality, nobody could anticipate the trials and misadventures two riotous, raucous little piglets could bring. From turning Whymanand#8217;s office into a literal pigsty, stealing his spot on the family sofa to trashing his neighbourand#8217;s garden while drunk on fermented apples, Butch and Roxi swiftly establish themselves as and#8220;animals of mass distraction.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Funny, touching and endlessly entertaining, andlt;iandgt;Oink andlt;/iandgt;charts the battle of hearts, snouts and minds between a family man and two mini-pigs. Will Butch and Roxi ever settle down, or could their growing presence put the squeeze on Whyman in ways he never thought possible?
The memoir of a family of six living in a quiet part of England who, though not farmers, decide to buy two mini-pigs.
About the Author
Matt Whyman is a distinctive contemporary voice in childrenand#8217;s and adult writing. After graduating from the University of East Angliaand#8217;s MA in Creative Writing, Mattand#8217;s career as a writer has taken him from Agony Uncle columns (andlt;iandgt;Bliss andlt;/iandgt;magazine and andlt;iandgt;AOLandlt;/iandgt;) and teen self-help guides to the cutting edge of both adult and childrenand#8217;s fiction. His critically acclaimed young adult novel andlt;iandgt;Boy Kills Man andlt;/iandgt;was short-listed for several awards, including the 2004 Teenage Book Prize, and praised by Melvin Burgess: andlt;iandgt;and#8216;Bold, chilling and beautifully writtenand#8217;andlt;/iandgt;. It is currently in development as a feature film with the producers of the cult film andlt;iandgt;Kidulthoodandlt;/iandgt;. Matt is married with four children (and an enormous dog) and lives in West Sussex, England.
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