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'Enough to Make a Cat Laugh' by Deric Longden is one of the funniest most uplifting books I have ever read. Its author has obviously shared his life with cats and has a perfect understanding of them. The book is set in the home Deric shares with his blind wife Aileen who can often be witnessed stroking a cardigan in the mistaken belief that it is one of the household cats. The four cats who also inhabit this home are Thermal, Frink, Tigger and the ageing Arthur; each has an individual personality which Deric illustrates with great insight. He has imaginary conversations with them all which are very convincing; he knows exactly what a cat would say if it could talk. He highlights the disdain and impatience a cat can feel for what it considers its inferior owner and the conversations run from the very important to the completely trivial. The love the author and his wife feel for these animals is genuine and heartfelt; when the cats are ill they are treated with great respect and for this Deric and Aileen are rewarded with a life full of love, entertainment and laughs. Some of the little chats Deric has with each cat will leave you breathless with laughter and you find yourself completely caught up in the trivial day-to-day running of the Longden household. Deric Longden is a great observer of the human, and animal, condition, and the book is worth a read if only for that, but it is his understanding of what really makes a cat tick that makes this book the joy it is. A must for cat lovers everywhere and, for those who say they don't like cats, it would make a perfect gift to tell them what they are missing.
I have loved and laughed at Deric Longdens books for many years and I found Enough to Make a Cat Laugh whilst browsing on Amazon. Having been reading more serious books recently the thought of his light hearted style of writing really appealed to me so I ordered the book. The book chronicles a year in the life of the Longden household, starting with spring then summer, autumn and finishing with winter. The household consists of Deric, his wife Aileen and their four cats: Arthur, Thermal, Tigger and Frink. Other members of the family include Arthurs wire brush and a sultana called Ralph but you will have to read the book if you want to know more about these two! This is a book guaranteed to make you laugh if you have any connection with cats in the house yourself but, on the other hand, it is equally able to move you to tears. For those not already familiar with his writing, Derics wife writer Aileen Armitage is registered blind and occasionally makes mistakes where the cats are concerned. Although, according to her husband, she doesnt often trip over them these days, there is the danger that they could be mistaken for an old cardigan or inadvertently locked in the cellar or shut in the washing machine. You get to feel that you know Deric, Aileen and the cats and the various visiting neighbours and their cats as well. Im sure that cat lovers will find many similarities with their own feline friends I know I did. However, there are also many differences. For instance, MY cats have never (yet) been accused of terrorising dogs being walked past the house even though they are probably bigger cats than his! I WAS pleased to read that mine arent the only ones who insist on accompanying me to the bathroom and making sure that the toilet is flushed properly! This is a charming book and Im certainly glad that I found it. It is currently available from Amazon for £6.99 and I would certainly recommend it to all cat lovers and anyone else who is not totally against people sharing their lives with them. I shall certainly read all the Longden books Ive missed and I look forward to his latest due to be published in May. I hope this has been of interest to you and I thank you for reading it.
Absolutely brilliant. I chuckled from start to finish (except the couple of sad bits where Frink and Arthur die). The story is touching, clever and totally hilarious, as are Deric's other books. I have read them all and love them. Tinkers Mum.
The story of Thermal, Tigger, Frink and Arthur - the four cats who live with Deric Longden and blind novelist Aileen Armitage.