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1 6069 LONGDEN, Deric Diana's Story [Wide-Eyed and Legless]
Softcover; Mass Market PB Corgi Books: London; c1989,1997; Very Good+  
320 pages; Faint spine creases, very light edgewear. Page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, a very nice copy. .This edition has a still from the film starring Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent (released as "The Wedding Gift" in the US) on the cover.; Basis for the film 'Wide-Eyed and Legless' starring Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. This author 'can transform the bleakest moment with his warmth and wit. This is an extraordinarily funny account of a marriage based on love and on an exceptional sense of humour.'

'In 1971 Deric Longden's wife Diana fell ill with the mysterious disorder known as ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), known in the US as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She was unable to move without a wheelchair, and was in almost constant pain. Equally distressing, perhaps, was the fact that every doctor she saw was unable to diagnose what was wrong with her. Deric, devoting more and more time to looking after Diana, watched his business gradually fail, and had to neglect his developing career as a broadcaster. He became househusband, nurse and caretaker of the woman he loved.'; All of this author's books are highly recommended and we don't know why they aren't published in the US. This title seems to have gone out of print.  
Price: 15.75 USD

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2 7132 LONGDEN, Deric Enough to Make a Cat Laugh
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Book Club Associates: London; 1996; Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, pages light yellow (seen before in this edition); no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper has very light edgewear and faint creasing. A rather nice copy of a very funny book.; 'Throughout the 1990s Deric Longden has shared his life with a blind novelist, Aileen Armitage, and four cats: Thermal, Tigger, Frink and shabby old Arthur. And the cats have found that sharing a life with Aileen can be a very painful business. She hardly ever trips over them these days, but they are always in danger of being mistaken for a cardigan, or inadvertently locked in the cellar. Ever since Thermal came in from the cold, Deric has seen his world increasingly taken over by cats. What with planning their menus, entertaining their friends, listening to their worries and observing their adventures, he has little time left over for his professional life as a writer. But there are rich rewards. One way or another, the cats in the Longden household are an endless source of interest and laughter. Few writers have found so much enjoyment in the company of cats, and none has written better about their charm, and the fascinating range of their personalities.This book will enchant cat-lovers everywhere, and give Longden-lovers an unforgettable treat.'; All of this author's books are highly recommended; we don't know why they all aren't published in the US. We were deeply saddened to learn he died in June 2013. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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3 6970 LONGDEN, Deric Lost for Words
Softcover; Mass Market PB Corgi Books: London; c1991,1998; Very Good+ 
A lovely unread copy, faint edgewear, page edges pale yellow. ; Another of Longden's delightful books, this one tells the story of his ageing mother an endearing and amusing character that many readers met in "Diana's Story". This book, along with "Diana's Story", was the basis for the 1994 BBC television production "Wide Eyed and Legless" ("The Wedding Gift" in the US) starring Julia Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Thora Hird. There is a still from the TV production on the front cover. This book was also the basis for the 1999 TV film "Lost for Words" starring Pete Postlethwaite and Thora Hird. Recommended. ; Imported from the UK as unfortunately, this author's books still not published in the US. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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