David Robbins: Once upon a time, there was a little boy who grew up to love pigs...
There was, in retrospect, an inevitability about my love affair with pigs. The signs were there, if only I'd know what to look for.
The early seeds were planted by tales of the reckless yet heroic Three Little Pigs, with their houses of straw, sticks and bricks, a morality tale of one-off housing and proper planning.
Then there was Charlotte's Web by E B White. If you look behind all that flashy spider-who-could-write stuff, the real star is Wilbur the pig, a lovable young porcine who survives all the dangers the Zuckermann Farm can throw at him.