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Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows: Travels Around the North Country Fairs
Harry Pearson vowed that his next project would be about the summer—specifically, about a summer of shows and fairs in the north of England. Encompassing such diverse talents as fell-running, tupperware-boxing, and rabbit fancying (literally), and containing many more jokes about goats than is legal in the Isle of Man, Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows must be the only book in ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Totally beguiling. I love travel books which look at the little easily missed things, rather than the vast canyons and sweeping coastlines. I also am partial to the odd country show. This looks at the North East country shows, the hen parades, the pig races, the giant marrows, the warm beer, all detailed in warm, generous and astute prose. Endearing and very very funny.