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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (8 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552156205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552156202
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deric Longden was born in Chesterfield in 1936 and married Diana Hill in 1957. They had two children, Sally and Nick. After various jobs he took over a small factory making women's lingerie, but began writing and broadcasting in the 1970s and before long he was writing regularly for programmes like 'Does He Take Sugar?' and 'Womans Hour'. Most of his work was based on his own experience. The demands made on him by Diana's illness, subsequently believed to be a form of ME, forced him to sell the factory, and since then he has devoted himself to full-time writing, broadcasting, lecturing and after-dinner speaking.

Diana's Story, published in 1989, some years after Diana's death, was a bestseller. The book hit the Sunday Times best seller list straight away, won the NCR book award. It was followed by Lost for Words, The Cat Who Came in from the Cold, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Enough to Make a Cat Laugh and A Play On Words. Deric Longden's first two books were adapted for television under the title Wide-Eyed and Legless, and an adaptation of Lost for Words. Both were nominated for multiple BAFTAs and Lost For Words, 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.

He married the writer Aileen Armitage in 1990 and now lives in Huddersfield. Aileen and he were jointly were awarded honorary Doctor of Literature from Huddersfield University in 2004 and Deric a honorary Master of Letters from Derby University in 2006.

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Domestic life with Deric, Aileen, and four wonderful, definitely different, cats.

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There is a clear hierarchy in the Longden household: Thermal, Tigger, Frink and Arthur, the four cats, rule the roost, Deric and his wife Aileen come a distinct second...

Ever since Thermal came in from the cold Deric has seen his life taken over by a motley crew of cats. Catering to their various whims and peccadilloes is an around-the-clock occupation and Deric invites his readers into his unique and wonderful world where his time is spent planning their menus, listening to their complaints and observing their adventures. Whatever happened to his full-time job as a writer?

Told with great humour and affection, Enough to Make a Cat Laugh is sometimes sad, often funny but always charming, and very soon the Longden family, whether four legged or two, will feel like old friends.


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
A light hearted tale, (or should that be tail!)of an ordinary man, his wife and his family of eccentric cats. It's good to know I am not the only pet owner whose animals "talk". I would highly recommend Deric Longden's books to any one with a heart and a good sense of humour.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sep 2005
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I came across this book by accident - I wish all my accidents were this good! Deric Longden has an easy, readable style that immediately pulls you into his wonderful world and keeps you turning the pages for more. Accutely observed,but gentle humour, concerning those that are deeply loved - not least his wife and tribe of cats. This is not a book to read in public if you worry about being stared at. It is the perfect cure for the 'doldrums', although this does not mean that there are not some poignant moments.
By this book - you won't regret it, and I bet you read it more than once!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Williams on 23 Feb 2007
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I was given Enough to make a Cat Laugh by my Grandparents for my birthday, and took it on holiday to read. I am a slow reader(being dyslexic) but found this book to be such a funny and easy read that I had finished it record time. I then passed it on to my Hubby(a quick reader) who finished it in a matter of hours.

Since then this book has been round the whole family, who have all enjoyed it, as have all the other Deric Longden books we have purchased since. However, Enough to make a Cat Laugh remains the favourite.

I notice that Deric has another book out in May, which I have just pre-ordered, and look forward to reading what the cats have been upto since we last caught up.

Thank you Deric for you wonderful books, you put a smile in the hearts of many.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec 1999
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I loved Deric's column in Your Cat magazine and, at the suggestion that this book would make good holiday reading, I took it on holiday. Each time I laughed out loud my room-mate asked me to 'read that bit out', so much so that she must know the book as well as I do! Deric wonders at his sanity as his cats speak in 'italics' and he understands that a look translates as 'you don't expect me to eat that, do you?'. I now find I talk to my own cats and they answer in a similar fashion! When I returned from my holiday I promptly went out and bought all his other books, each better than the one before!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Edwins on 6 Jun 2007
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Absolutely brilliant.

One of those books that you pick up with little expectations and you find yourself laughing out loud on a bus or teary eyed in the dentist or where ever you happen to be when you are reading it.

A proper 'can't put down' book that has since been lent to 3 other cat loving friends, all of which enjoyed it as much as I did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct 1999
Format: Hardcover
This as all of derik longdens books is a must read. If you're not crying you're laughing and quite often you're doing both. Can't wait to get my hands on his next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss E. Potten on 23 Dec 2009
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This was a re-read for me, but there's nothing so nice as a couple of days of sweet reading with a Deric Longden book. My mum bought me my first Longden many years ago and I would thank her very heartily for the pleasure. Deric is a local man - he grew up in the same town as me, albeit rather before my time - and his books are peppered with Derbyshire places and the occasional phrase my grandparents throw out every once in a while.

But this book could be read and enjoyed by anyone. Provided you're a cat lover, that is. Deric lives with his registered-blind wife, the writer Aileen Armitage, and a veritable army of cats. Officially the line up for this book goes like this: Thermal (young white tom, has a pet sultana called Ralph), Tigger (saintly tortoiseshell who lives for her charity work amongst local strays), Arthur (old black cat who has seen it all) and Frink (small white turbocharged kitten). On top of that there are plenty of other felines - and even the occasional canine - dropping by from time to time to join the fun.

Deric Longden's gift is to make the most ordinary of days, the most uneventful of situations, into something worth telling, something amusing and insightful and brilliant: a foggy day, a walk to the shop, an afternoon in the study... Oh, and he talks to his cats. In fact, one of the most charming things about his books is the fact that he gives each cat a voice of their own. It sounds eccentric, it sounds ridiculous, but beneath his clever and capable pen it just WORKS.

I have read all of these books several times since I was given that first one ('The Cat who Came in from the Cold', where Thermal is introduced to the Longden family for the first time) - and I'll be keeping them to read again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Simpson on 16 Dec 2011
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Absolutely hysterical. I loved The Cat who came in from the Cold and this is the follow up. It's just as funny and I adore the way the cats order him around and answer him back. Anyone would enjoy this book - especially cat lovers.
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