Deric Longden 1936-2013
Deric Longden was born in Chesterfield in 1936 and married Diana Hill in 1957. They had two children, Sally and Nick. After various jobs he took over a small factory making women's lingerie. He began writing and broadcasting in the 1970s which led him to become a scriptwriter and self-styled comedian�s labourer for, among others, Les Dawson and The Two Ronnies. Before long he was writing regularly for programmes like 'Does He Take Sugar?' and 'Woman�s Hour' and also enjoyed regular broadcasting slots on Radio Derby and Radio Nottingham.
Most of his work was based on his own experience. The demands made on him by Diana's illness, subsequently believed to be a form of ME, forced him to sell the factory, and since then he devoted himself to full-time writing, broadcasting, lecturing and after-dinner speaking.
Diana�s Story, published in 1989, some years after Diana's death, was a bestseller. The book hit the Sunday Times bestseller list straight away and won the NCR Book Award. It was followed by Lost for Words, The Cat Who Came in from the Cold, I�m a Stranger Here Myself, Enough to Make a Cat Laugh and A Play On Words. Deric Longden's first two books were adapted for television under the titles Wide-Eyed and Legless and Lost for Words. Both were nominated for multiple BAFTAs and Lost For Words, screened in January 1999, attracted an audience of more than 12 million viewers and won the Emmy for Best Foreign Drama and a BAFTA for Thora Hird as Best Actress. Diana�s Story which was first read on Woman�s Hour by Deric himself was voted by Radio Four listeners as the most popular serial in 50 years of broadcasting.
Deric married the writer Aileen Armitage in 1990 and moved to Huddersfield. Aileen and he were jointly were awarded Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters from Huddersfield University in 2004 and Deric also received an Honorary Degree of a Master of Letters from Derby University in 2006. He commented that he often wondered if they had him mixed up with somebody else!
After years of battling cancer he died in June 2013.
The Cat Who Came in From The Coldby Deric Longden
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Deric Longden had never thought of himself a cat lover, but from the moment he saw the tiny kitten sitting on an upturned bucket down in the garden he was hooked. Strictly speaking, the little cat belonged to the neighbours, but somehow when it began to rain it seemed only natural to bring him inside, and once there he slipped so easily into Deric�s and Aileen�s lives that there was an unspoken agreement that he had found his real home. Little did he know that he had entered the Longden world, in which ordinary life is always just a little out-of-the-ordinary.
Aileen being Aileen, it was probably inevitable that sooner or later the kitten would be trapped in the refrigerator for longer than was good for him. And Deric being Deric, the obvious was to thaw him back to life was to make a little coat for him out of an old thermal vest. Thus the cat who came in from the cold got his name- �Thermal� � and joined the wonderful cast of characters in the ongoing Longden saga.
�The Cat Who Came in from the Cold� combines Deric Longden�s unique style of gentle humour with al the comic solemnity and cuddly charm of an irresistible kitten.
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