Lost For Words
'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.
- Bibliophile Books, February 2011
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