Paws In The Proceedings

Posted on: 10 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Paws In The Proceedings will enchant cat-lovers everywhere, and give Longden-lovers an unforgettable treat.


Deric Longden’s first book, Diana’s Story, was published in 1989 and became an instant bestseller.

This remarkable book about Dianna Longden’s struggle with the debilitating disease ME, is also an extraordinarily funny account of a marriage based on love and on an exceptional sense of humour.

Deric followed this with Lost For Words, a poignant and heart-warming tribute to his mother, who provided comfort, advice and her own particular brand of wisdom in the years when Deric was struggling to cope with Dianna’s death.

Dianna’s Story was adapted for television under the title Wide-Eyed And Legless.

A TV adaptation of Lost For Words, starring Thora Hird and Pete Postlethwaite, was screened in 1999, attracted an audience of over 12 million viewers and went on to win an Emmy for best foreign drama.

In 1990, Deric married the writer Aileen Armitage, moved from Chesterfield to Huddersfield and continued to write books noted for their humour, charm and compassion.

I’m A Stranger Here Myself recounts the momentous move to Yorkshire while The Cat Who Came In From The Cold, Enough To Make A Cat Laugh and A Play On Words have entertained us with further episodes of life in the Longden household with their cats Tigger and Thermal.

Paws In The Proceedings brings the story up to date with the arrival in the household of Nokia, the coal-black offspring of a pair of local feral cats.

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. Paws In The Proceedings will enchant cat-lovers everywhere, and give Longden-lovers an unforgettable treat.

Paws In The Proceedings, by Deric Longden, published by Corgi, is available at all good book shops, RRP £7.99, or online at Amazonfor £6.39.

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