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Deric Longden at Heanor Library, Ilkeston Road, Heanor, 1994
Library, Ilkeston Road
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The queue of people waiting in the library to have their book signed by the author. Deric Longden was born educated in Derbyshire. After designing ladies lingerie he became a scriptwriter and comedian's labourer. Deric's first wife Diana died in 1985 and he wrote 'Diana's Story' in her memory. The book hit the Sunday Times best seller list straight away, won the NCR book award. The sequel 'Lost for Words', was his second best-seller. 'The Cat who came in from the Cold' was his third book. Since then, there have been three other books, I'm a Stranger here Myself, Enough to make a Cat Laugh and his latest, A Play on Words, which chronicles yet another year in his life and feature the filming of Lost for Words. In 1990 he re-married and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature.