Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows : Travels Around the North Country Fairs Paperback
Following his acclaimed book about football in the north-east,THE FAR CORNER, Harry Pearson vowed that his next project would not involve hanging around outdoors on days so cold that itinerant dogs had to be detached from lamp-posts by firemen.
It 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 is without doubt the only book in existence to explain the design faults of earwigs and expose English farmers' fondness for transvestism.
Warm, wise and very funny, it confirms increasing suspicions that Harry Pearson is really quite good.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, Section: 8, B&W
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/09/1997
- Category: Humour
- ISBN: 9780349109466
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Review by MiaCulpa
Harry Pearson takes on the job of travelling around the north of England, visiting country fairs big and small, great and still great but just in another way. Pearson has a rambling writing style, jumping around, reciting stories only tangentially connected to the plot. For this topic, his writing style is a great match, and the man's a local so instead of getting the outsider poking fun at the locals, we can happily laugh along with Pearson as he talks about transvestism in young farmers, sexual favours as part of Roman crop-rotation system, and, sadly, the decline of the country fairs; I had never heard of the Stagshaw Bank Fair and the last one was held nearly fifty years before my birth but I think I would have enjoyed it.