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The Peppermint Pig: 'Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart' Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Nina Bawden, Alan Marks

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Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage), General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)

This is Virago's first publication of one of Nina Bawden's most famous books for children. THE PEPPERMINT PIG, which won the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction, has been a great favourite since it was first published, over forty years ago.

'Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

'What a consummate storymaker Nina Bawden is' MICHAEL MORPURGO

WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S FICTION

'D'ya want a peppermint pig, Mrs Greengrass?'
Poll looked at the milkman, thinking of sweets, but there was a real pig poking its snout out of the milkman's coat pocket. It was the tiniest pig she had ever seen. 'What's a peppermint pig?'
'Runt of the litter. Too small for the sow to raise. He'd only get trampled in in the rush.'
Mother took the pig from him and held it firmly while it kicked and squealed. 'Well, he seems strong enough. And even runts grow.'
'Oh,' Poll said. 'Oh, Mother.' She stroked the small, wriggling body. 'Theo,' she shouted, 'Look what we've got!'

It is a difficult year for the Greengrasses. Poll's father has lost his job and gone overseas, the family are living off the charity of two aunts, and Poll and her brother Theo just can't seem to keep out of trouble. It takes a tiny, mischievous pig to bring laughter back into their lives.


This is a collection of the best children's literature, curated by Virago, and will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.

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Praise for The Peppermint Pig: 'Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart' Kiran Millwood Hargrave

  • Warm and funny, this tale of a pint-size pig and the family he saves will take up a giant space in your heart - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

  • No writer is better than Bawden at conveying the alienation of childhood - Times Literary Supplement

  • One of the most subtly innovative of modern writers for children - TES

  • Nina Bawden is a master at capturing the taste of growing up - New York Times

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Nina Bawden

Nina Bawden was created a CBE in 1994. Virago publish 10 of her adult books, including BIRDS ON THE TREES and THE ICE HOUSE, as well as her successful autobiography, IN MY OWN TIME.

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