Cowan's beautifully drawn, multi award-winning first novel of love in the hostile climate of modern British society
When his grandmother dies, and his grandfather is removed to a home, fifteen-year-old Danny determines to look after their elderly pig and ramshackle garden. Here, on the ragged edge of a blighted new town, Danny and his Indian girlfriend Surinder create a fragile haven from the enclosing world of racist neighbours and stifling families, a summer's refuge from the precariousness of their future.
A coming-of-age story as strange and surprising, in its way, as THE CATCHER IN THE RYE - New York Times
Cowan's writing is reminiscent of Roddy Doyle's in his ability to recreate the intense emotions of youth. - The Good Book Guide
A first novel of extraordinary poise and accomplishment, treating a boy's coming of age amid the squalid realities of the new British underclass with a delicacy and lyricism which is both gripping and moving - Michael Dibdin
The detail is immaculately recorded; the effect is heartbreaking - Louisa Young, Sunday Times
[A] wholly satisfying book, quietly beautiful and inescapably ominous - David Buckley, Observer
Beautifully evoked ... Cowan writes with a deceptive simplicity - Amanda Craig, The Times
A wonderful first novel - Christopher Hart, Daily Telegraph
Andrew Cowan was born in Corby and educated at the University of East Anglia. Pig, his first novel, won The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, a Betty Trask Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize, the Author's Club First Novel Award and a Scottish Council Book Award. He is also the author of the writing guidebook The Art of Writing and three other novels: Common Ground, Crustaceans and What I Know. He is the Director of the Creative Writing programme at UEA.