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'A lovely read.' - Good Housekeeping.

'You know, Deric - ten minutes of this rain will do more good in half an hour than a fortnight of ordinary rain in a month.'

Deric Longden's mum was a wonderfully endearing, eccentric lady whose passions ranged from pot plants and her beloved pussycats to Buttercup Syrup which she consumed in vast quantities. She also provided comfort, advice and her own particular brand of wisdom in the years after the death of his first wife, Diana.

Deric's many happy memories include the vision of his mother's unmistakeable backside as she charged through Marks & Spencers; the way in which she charmed everyone she met, including the surliest of youths, and her unusual technique of selling a house which involved plying potential buyers with iced buns whilst pointing out the damp patches and dodgy electrics. Strangely, it worked.

A funny, poignant and ultimately heartwarming book that may well make you cry, but will certainly make you laugh.
Lost For Words was first screened in January 1999, attracting 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. It was repeated in 2012 following the death of Pete Postlethwaite was starred as Deric.

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    Loved it!

    This was a wonderful book! I have read all of Deric Longden's books that are available on Kobo in e-book format. Enjoyed them all. He has a very warm and caring style, as well as humour worked into the stories too. Now I am looking for "Paws in the Proceedings" in e-book as well. Where can I find it? He must have been a very special man with his blend of caring and humour! Love his writing, so sorry he is gone!

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    Bittersweet

    In Lost For Words Deric Longden tries to come to terms with the tragic death of his first wife Diana. At the same time he deals with his wonderfully eccentric mother and cares for her as good as he can after mother suffers two strokes, the last of which leaves her with aphasia. He has a budding relationship with Aileen Armitage, who is later to become his second wife. All this, and then trying to write a book is a bit much for Deric, who still, whatever life throws at him retains his wonderful sense of humor. This makes Lost For Words a marvellous book to read.

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    Lost For Words

    As always, Deric's ability to captivate and invoke ones imagination as well as memories is outstanding. I have read all his books and found them all wonderful works of art and although 'Diana's Story' can be emotionally difficult to read at times, the content is so deep, inspiring, and most importantly, a wonderful tribute to a truly wonderful person, Diana. After meeting Deric personally on two occasions, I can truly vouch that the man you read about in all these works of art is the real down to earth, Deric, a naturally humorous gentleman whose unique take on everyday life and fur covered shenanigans are literary genius.

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