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Deric Longden

Deric Longden is our Editor Annie's step-dad. His first book DIANA'S STORY was made into a film called Wide Eyed and Legless starring Julie Walters as Diana, Dame Thora Hird and Jim Broadbent as Deric.

Thora Hird also starred in his second film and she received a BAFTA for Best Actress for LOST FOR WORDS. Deric and his wife Aileen Armitage flew to New York to pick up an International EMMY. 
Deric's brilliantly written, funny and unbearably sad film Lost For Words was on TV again on Sat. Watch on iPlayer here. Pete Postlethwaite plays Deric.
Both books had gone out of print, so now Bibliophile has, as a publisher, created eBooks of both titles which are available on Amazon Kindle (click links).


Laugh, remember Deric with us and enjoy these funnies.

Bibliophile proudly announces the publication of another eBook to commemorate the anniversary of poor dear Deric's passing.

Deric Longden was best known for his books which touched millions in print and on screen, and which were critically acclaimed on both the UK and International stage. Many of the stories he told were drawn from his broadcasting days with BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio Nottingham, where he enjoyed regular slots and a large audience of loyal listeners.

We discovered manuscripts filed in my late step-father Deric Longden's basement and have curated and collated the best from his radio broadcasts and have published them in chunks of 100 or so short stories each, TAKE 1, TAKE 2 and this week TAKE 3.

Deric Longden kindle books. Also available on Kobo and Nook.


 Radio Times: Take 3 by Deric Longden ) - Kindle eBook 

  • £3.03 Kindle Edition
  • Available for download now
  • These insights into Deric’s world are drawn from his original ‘Line Up’ Radio Derby scripts, which he often wrote the night before his Friday morning air time and typed on all colours of paper. The stories in this collection are but a small number of those Deric wrote during his twenty plus years of broadcasting. They often became the original source material which Deric adapted and used in his books, magazine articles, lectures, after dinner speeches and by popular demand, were often re-broadcast. They demonstrate both the diversity of his subjects, his witty and humorous style and view of life and how he could make conversations with almost any animal or object.
    The very first story in this collection is ‘Living to a Ripe Old Age’ and is the one Deric first submitted to Radio Derby under the pen name Biro. The other stories in this collection cover his early broadcasting years when he lived with his first wife Diana and family in Matlock, Derbyshire.



Radio Times: Take 1 by Deric Longden (13 Mar 2014) - Kindle eBook


Radio Times: Take 2 by Deric Longden (14 Mar 2014) - Kindle eBook

Tailpieces is a special personal collection of his favourite short stories and articles on cats.

 50 amusing short stories for cat lovers by Emmy and BAFTA-winning author Deric Longden. Each demonstrate his unique blend of humour, observation and his fun and adventures with his various adoptive cats. 


Tailpieces by Deric Longden (12 Jun 2012) - Kindle eBook

Diana’s Story, published in 1989, some years after his wife Diana's death, was a bestseller. The book hit the Sunday Times best seller list straight away and won the NCR book award. It was followed by Lost for Words. They were adapted for television, the first 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 and repeated in 2012 after the death of Pete Postlethwaite, attracted 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.



Diana's Story by Deric Longden (1 Mar 2011) - Kindle eBook


Lost For Words by Deric Longden (18 Feb 2011) - Kindle eBook



Deric has also written many widely-acclaimed books The Cat Who Came in From the Cold, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, Enough to Make a Cat Laugh, A Play On Words and Paws In the Proceedings. Each demonstrate his unique blend of humour, observation and his fun and adventures with his various adoptive cats.



The Cat Who Came In From The Cold by Deric Longden (28 Nov 2012) - Kindle eBook


Enough To Make A Cat Laugh by Deric Longden (28 Nov 2012) - Kindle eBook


I'm A Stranger Here Myself by Deric Longden (28 Nov 2012) - Kindle eBook



A Play On Words by Deric Longden (1 Dec 2012) - Kindle eBook







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Meeting Royalty Again!


As a Royal Warrant By Appointment Grantee, our Annie was invited to St James's Palace to meet HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. It was her chance to wish his father a very happy birthday!

A Royal Warrant, By Royal Appointment, was granted to Annie Quigley the owner of Bibliophile by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2011. It is regarded as a ‘Peerage for Trade’, in recognition of quality service and excellence to the royal household and came about after 20 years providing books to the royal libraries. Only two other booksellers (and no publisher) from the entire publishing industry hold a Warrant  - Hatchards of Piccadilly and Heywood’s Antiquarian of Mayfair.
Very excited as we are attending Guildhall for the Royal Warrant Holders Annual Banquet. It is a white tie affair - tailcoats and tiaras - so Vicky here at Bib is doing my hair and Wilma and the girls have given me fashion advice.

We sat at Top Table with the Duke of Edinburgh. On being introduced, he announced that he uses Bibliophile a lot and how long our newspaper is. That's what keeps me busy I replied. The Guildhall Art Gallery where we met was full of beautiful Pre-Raphaelite oil paintings by Rossetti et al, the banqueting hall a medieval walled gothic arched hall with balconies where buglers played, everyone was dressed to the nines, all eyes on Prince Philip and our Top table of 20 guests. Only 900 guests watching...
 Friends and colleagues in publishing have been thrilled that we are meeting royalty and that our small company has been recognised for service and quality.                                     

 Ceremony at Bibliophile June 2011

Presented by Mr. Bob Hall, President Royal Warrant Holders Association.


Barbara Woodyatt  Congrats on the Warrant! From a lovely customer  26 January 2012 at 13:23

To read an article from  Sunday Telegraph 4th December 2011

The Sunday Telegraph published a supplement on 4th December about Royal Warrants and featuring some Royal Warrant holding companies. The focus was on the innovation, craftsmanship and tradition that are characteristic to Royal Warrant Holding companies. The supplement also had a seasonal slant to it with a view to Christmas sales.

If you missed the article, in which we appear on page 9 column 3, and would like to view an online copy then please click here.







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Exceeded expectations... Have your say about Bibliophile

I am a big fan of Bibliophile Books and have had several consignments of books from you. They have all exceeded expectations and I have another batch on order at present. Thanks to you all. Please keep up the good work! As I am online much of the time I like to access your website and online catalogues. Thanks again Very best wishes to all (including cats) J. Darnell
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YouTube Videos

See bibliophilebooks on YouTube really bringing books to life! Feel how heavy the art tomes are, see gorgeous pop-ups and and see and hear our Editor's extra reasons for buying in these curious books.

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