The Boy Who Kicked Pigs

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The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
First edition.
Author Tom Baker
Illustrator David Roberts
Cover artist David Roberts
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre novel
Publisher Faber and Faber
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
ISBN 0-571-19771-X
OCLC 42309269

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a short novel by actor Tom Baker. The novel is subtitled, "A grotesque masterpiece", and is illustrated with line drawings by David Roberts.


The novel begins by announcing that today will be the day that a young boy, Robert Caligari, dies. Robert is an extremely odd boy who cannot stop himself from kicking pigs. This begins as a private act of revenge against his sister, Nerys, who is always putting money in her own tin piggy bank. Robert is angry at Nerys constantly rattling the pig in front of him, and so takes great pleasure in kicking the pig across the room whenever he is alone.

Robert's obsession with kicking pigs gets worse, and one day, he kicks his sister's piggy bank out of the window, causing chaos for his neighbours and a local police officer. The last straw for Robert's mother is when he kicks a rather large woman's bagged pork chops, which she had just bought at the local butcher's shop.

After a local man finally gets revenge on Robert by throwing him over a church wall, Robert realises that he hates people. While Robert's neighbours soon come to the conclusion that he is a nice young boy, he is plotting revenge. After poisoning his sister's food, he decides to trick an old blind man into crossing a road of busy traffic. Unfortunately for the old man this proves fatal, yet nobody suspects Robert's involvement.

Robert engineers another, far worse, road accident in the next step of his evil plan. However, in the process of doing so, he finds himself trapped in his secret hideaway, where he is about to face a truly terrible fate.


The book has been adapted for stage by theatre company Kill the Beast, to be performed at The Lowry, Greater Manchester, 21–23 June 2012 and at Jacksons Lane, London.[1][2]


  1. ^ Meads, Glenn (6 March 2012). "Porl Cooper On ... The Lowry Studio Season". Bandwidth Communications. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Event Detail – The Boy Who Kicked Pigs". The Lowry. Retrieved 18 March 2012.