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Further episodes in the life of Deric Longden and the Longden household. At least two new characters join the feline cast led by the ever-popular Thermal. The thread running through the book is the interesting experience of watching Lost for Words turn into a television drama, but attached to the thread are the usual wonderful collection of Longden observations of life at home and (not too far) abroad. As usual work suffers constant interruptions from Thermal & Co, but somehow the research gets done. Did you know that Huddersfield has the country's biggest per capita consumption of crinkle-cut chips? And why does two-thirds of all the Benedictine produced get drunk in Bradford?
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Further episodes in the life of Deric Longden, his wife and his small army of cats.From the Back Cover:
Ever since Dame Thora Hird breathed life into the role of Deric Longden's mother in Wide-Eyed and Legless, she had been on at him to write a play based on the sequel, Lost for Words.
'And don't hang about. I'm eighty-three, you know.'
But life doesn't run in straight lines for Deric. Apart from his duties as official guide dog to his blind wife, the writer Aileen Armitage, he is at the beck and call of three and a half cats, a somewhat bemused vole and a tap-dancing squirrel. He also had a book to finish, so the screenplay had to take a back seat for the time being.
But Dame Thora didn't give up. She rang him regularly. 'Come on, lad, get a move on. I'm eighty-five, you know.'
By the time she was eighty-six Deric had finished the script. In January 1999 Lost for Words was finally televised - by which time Dame Thora was eighty-seven going on thirty-two.
In A Play on Words he describes the unique experience of seeing at close hand his book - and an important part of his own life - turn into a film amid the continuing chaos of his private world. Somehow or other, despite the usual hilarious interruptions, his own brand of literary work gets done, influenced by such matters as rag-and-bone men, the Moscow State Circus and crinkle-cut beetroot - and the usual cast of characters.
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