Lost work by Huddersfield author Deric Longden is to get a new lease of life - a year after his death.
A new series of his work being made available on the internet having been found in a dusty basement.
Deric, who died of cancer in June 2013, was best known for his books which touched millions in print and on screen, and which were critically acclaimed.
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 for some 20 years.
When Deric passed away, his thousands of fans thought that they would not see, read or hear more from the comic genius. However, discovered in the basement of his Huddersfield home were hundreds of his original radio scripts, articles and after-dinner speeches.
Many were typed on all colours of paper, carefully filed and with his handwritten scribbles to assist him during the broadcasts of where to pause for breathe.
Deric believed all of this material had been used and re used and heard before, but it turned out there was a lot of new material in the collection.
The papers 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.
Now an eBook series of some of these short stories has been collated by Bibliophile entitled Radio Times: Take 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Annie Quigley, of Bibliophile, said: “Each edition contains some 40 witty stories covering family life, pets, DIY, holidays, caring and even the nativity.
Takes 1 and 2 have been published and cover his early broadcasting years, his childhood and life in Derbyshire with his first wife Diana who suffered until her death with ME. Takes 3 and 4, which will be published later this year, cover his later broadcasting years and life in Huddersfield and Yorkshire with his second wife the blind authoress Aileen Armitage and assortment of cats.
“The stories are but a small number of those Deric wrote during his broadcasting years and 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.
“The very first story in this series is ‘Living to a Ripe Old Age’ and is the one Deric first submitted to a short story competition to Radio Derby, which he wrote under the pen name Biro. It won”.
Deric Longden was born in Chesterfield in 1936 and married Diana Hill in 1957. They had two children, Sally and Nick.
He began writing and broadcasting in the 1970s which led him to become a scriptwriter and self-styled comedian’s labourer for, among others, Les Dawson and The Two Ronnies.
His wife had a form of ME and Diana’s Story, published in 1989, some years after Diana’s death, was a bestseller.
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.
His first two books were adapted for television under the titles Wide-Eyed and Legless and Lost for Words. Both were nominated for multiple BAFTAs
Deric married the writer Aileen Armitage in 1990 and moved to Huddersfield.
Aileen and he were jointly were awarded Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters from Huddersfield University in 2004.
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