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A Play On Words by [Longden, Deric]
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Further episodes in the life of Deric Longden, his wife and his small army of cats.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Lost For Words, the Emmy-award winning TV drama based on the Deric Longden classic.

In A Play on Words, Longden is at his wittiest chronicling the wondrous experience of seeing his autobiographical book Lost For Words come to life on film. Several years in the writing, his screen-adapted version of this sequel to Wide Eyed and Legless had finally been completed thanks to the continual needling of Dame Thora Hird, who breathed life into the role of his mother in both films.

In his own inimitable style, Deric describes the daily goings-on around the film set amidst the continuing chaos of his private world, where he serves as official guide dog to his blind wife, the writer Aileen Armitage, and as parent, therapist, chief entertainer and chef to their three and a half cats and assorted other animals. Despite the usual interruptions by this familiar cast of characters, his own brand of literary work somehow manages to get done.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552146609
  • Publisher: Bibliophile Books (1 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGZGR4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Play On Words is another hilarious selection of anecdotes from Deric Longden. This time he chronicles the production of one of his previous books, Lost For Words, into a television play starring Thora Hird and Pete Postlethwaite. Like his other books we hear of his totally unbelievable but undoubtedly true exploits with his wife, (the writer Aileen Armitage), his cats and with ordinary members of the public. The differences that make this book special are, first, it gives us an insight into the mind of the writer watching his work come to life on television. Secondly, we are given an idea of what it is like to work with an actress with the experience of the delightful Dame Thora Hird. (Dame Thora Hird also appeared in a previous adaptation of Deric Longden's work - Wide Eyed and Legless). She plays his late mother. To see his mother recreated again by Dame Thora Hird was obviously an extremely emotional experience for Deric Longden. We are privileged to share some of those emotions in this book. However, unlike Diana's Story (about the illness and tragic death of his first wife) this book concentrates more on the joys of being able to remember a loved one without being morbid or morose. It is a truly funny book.
I would recommend that people read Lost For Words before this book to fully appreciate the story.
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It's not very often that you get such an inside view of what it is like having a book turned into a television play, and Deric (as usual) manages to capture his life in a unique and very funny way. I met Deric in November this year (the day before my birthday; hence the above) and he is a lovely warm man in person, very humble and quite nervous still at public speaking. He signed my book, and even put happy birthday in it! Although I now have an edition with a few extra words by the author,which makes it extra special, it is nevertheless a really warm and funny book. My advice if you've never read his work before is to try "Lost for words" the book first, then the film, and then this. Even if you don't, you will find yourself hanging on to every word. By the way, Deric, I meant what I said, we all want more books on your life & cats!
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I got this book this afternoon and finished it within 5 hours. The story makes you laugh and cry all the way through. I found myself laughing out loud and fighting back the tears whilst I read this book, something that last happened with Derec's previous book "I'm a Stranger Here Myself". I found myself raging with jealousy at him for having the honour of being made to take Dame Thora Heard out to lunch. This book is up there with all of his previous works, I am going to re-purchase the rest of his back catalogue, He is so good, if you lend his books to anybody you will never see them again. Guard them with your life!
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As I've said on all my reviews on Deric Longden's book I love them. In fact I'd go as far to say they are among my favourite ever reads. His sense of humour and the touching ways he has at looking at life, people and animals is so warm and sincere. I should imagine he was the nicest man and would have loved to have met him - I'm certainly very sad to learn of his death - what a loss he is to so many.
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I came across 'A Play On Words' by chance. I couldn't put it down and now my wife and I are hooked on Deric Longden and at times are reduced to tears . . . of laughter . . . by this and his other books.
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I adore Deric Longden's books. I came across them only recently and I've devoured every one of them. The writing appears effortless but this is the skill of a very talented writer. So sad that he is no longer with us. I would have loved to continue to read about his family, the characters he meets and his take on life.
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I will read anything by Deric Longden, one of my favourite authors. Such a shame you can no longer get the audiobooks he narrated. His gentle humour comes across so much better in audio, but the ebooks are a good substitute.
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Deric Longden simply doesn't write enough books! His gentle humour, his ability to bring you into his oddball, often hysterical world and the way he gets you on his side from the word go is a true gift. He is one of the only authors who has ever been able to make me actually 'laugh out loud' and I do it every time I read his books - which I do again and again. This beauty is particularly special as it charts, alongside the pleasant distractions of his amusing everyday life, the journey of making the screenplay of his wonderful book 'Lost for Words', something clearly (and rightly) close to his heart. I'm currently re-reading this book for the fourth or fifth time - it's just brilliant. I can't recommend it enough to anyone and everyone!
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