The Unexpected Genius of Pigs

by Matt Whyman

On Sale: 22/10/2018


About the Book

We often consider dogs to be our enduring sidekicks but the truth is domestic pigs have played a role in our lives for nearly as long.

Pigs are highly social and smart. They like to play. They're inventive, crafty and belligerent – and incredibly singleminded.

Ultimately, we have far more in common with these creatures than we like to admit.

Here is a charming ode to one of the most common, yet surprisingly intelligent, animals populating our landscapes. In this gentle and illuminating study, Matt Whyman embarks on a journey to uncover the heart and soul of an animal brimming with more energy, intelligence and playfulness than he could ever have imagined.

In his bid to understand what makes a pig tick, having climbed a steep learning curve as a keeper himself, Whyman meets a veterinary professor and expert in pig emotion, as well as a spirited hill farmer whose world revolves around hogs and sows.

Packed with fascinating research and delightful anecdotes, this entertaining and informative celebration of all things porcine covers everything from evolution, behaviour and communication to friendship, loyalty and broken hearts – uncovering a surprising notion of family along the way.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008301224
  • ISBN 10: 0008301220
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 22/10/2018
  • Pages: 160
  • List Price: 22.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: NATURE / Animals / General


Matt Whyman is a bestselling author who has written widely across a range of subjects. His latest work of non-fiction, The Unexpected Genius of Pigs, is published by HarperCollins. He is also an author for younger readers – under the pen name of Jack Carson.  Matt is married with four children and lives in West Sussex, England.

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