I'm A Stranger Here Myself

I'm A Stranger Here Myself

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In 1990, spurred on by the success of his writing and his marriage to the writer Aileen Armitage, Deric Longden made a momentous move to a foreign country. Huddersfield, in Yorkshire, with its distinctive manners and customs and its wealth of remarkable characters, would surely provide him with all the material he needed for his planned book, one of the great classics of travel literature. But two years later, when he sat down to write, the major events of everyday life kept intruding: the demands of a houseful of cats, the problem of getting the cooker repaired, the memories evoked by sorting through old clothes in the wardrobe . . . Still, I'm a Stranger Here Myself is a travel book of a kind, where the most hilarious adventures can happen between the kitchen and the bathroom, and where a morning's shopping can provide enough anecdotes to last a lifetime. Once again Deric Longden demonstrates his genius for taking the most ordinary materials of life and transforming them with his own special brand of gentle, inspired humour.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 22mm | 181.44g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552156213
  • 9780552156219
  • 244,178

About Deric Longden

Deric Longden began his writing and broadcasting career in the 1970s. His first book, Diana's Story, about the death of his first wife, was a bestseller. He followed this with Lost for Words, 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. His first two books were adapted for television. Deric remarried in 1990, to the writer Aileen Armitage. Deric Longden died in June 2013.show more

Review quote

"Give this man a black cloud and he'll find its funny silver lining sooner than you can say bestseller...As hilarious and compassionate as its predecessors" * Good Housekeeping *show more

Back cover copy

Following his marriage to novelist Aileen Armitage, Deric Longden decided it was time for a change, upped sticks and moved to Yorkshire, hoping that this new and unfamiliar county would provide him with plenty of meaty material for a bestselling book. But as he chewed over his ideas, attempting to put pen to paper and complete chapters, the events of everyday life just kept intruding, a broken cooker, an intrusive window-cleaner, a daughter in labour, not to mention his demanding, selfish, unforgettable and utterly loveable group of cats... I'm a Stranger Here Myself is Longden's delightful and touchingly funny account of his everyday life.It's warm and witty and undeniably poignant and reminds you that the most hilarious adventures can happen between the kitchen and the bathroom. 'Give this man a black cloud and he'll find its silver lining sooner than you can say bestseller' Good Housekeepingshow more

Review Text

"Give this man a black cloud and he'll find its funny silver lining sooner than you can say bestseller...As hilarious and compassionate as its predecessors"show more

Rating details

232 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 44% (101)
4 33% (77)
3 20% (46)
2 3% (6)
1 1% (2)
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