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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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.

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Praise for Pig

  • 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

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Andrew Cowan

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.

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