The plan is: they'll keep a pair of male pigs, of the Gascon Noir variety, which they'll feed and nurture and give a good year of happy life to, before killing them and filling the freezer. 'One thing we discussed only briefly,' Yallop writes, 'because it seemed self-evident: our pigs would not be pets. They would be reared for their meat.' She and Ed are going into this with 'hard noses and clear heads'. Also, they decide before getting them that they don't want the pigs to be subjected to the trauma of abattoir slaughter: 'We will kill them ourselves, at home. How difficult can it be to kill a pig?' And the reader thinks: 'Uh-oh!'
Sun, sea, sand and sizzling stories: Our top critics choose their BEST books for the beach this summer (from amazing children's fiction to terrifying thrillers)
Our top critics have chosen the best books for the beach this summer, from amazing children's fiction to terrifying thrillers, erotic chick lit and historical gems. There will be a book for everyone as our critics deftly span the genres, so pick the volume that appeals most, lie back on your sun lounger and get reading.
Murderers, gamblers and criminals on the run: How French Foreign Legion soldiers were the toughest in the world and would march in 50C heat till their BOOTS filled with BLOOD
A new book by Jean-Vincent Blanchard examines the legendary, vicious (and racist) French Foreign Legion, whose soldiers - aristocratic gamblers, murderers among them - routinely marched in 50C heat till their boots filled with blood. The band of outcasts were fearless and had 'no families, no ideals' and 'no loves'.
Eyeballs gouged out, limbs ripped off, men drowned in molten lead - all because of the curse of the Koh-i-Noor. Is it any wonder the Queen doesn't wear... The world's deadliest diamond!
The Koh-i-Noor diamond, which weighs 105 carats (or 21 grams), currently resides in the Queen Consort's crown, kept under guard in the Tower of London. The Queen Mother wore it to State Openings of Parliament during the reign of George VI, and its last public outing was upon the cushion on the coffin at her state funeral in 2002.