In the vein of Sheila Hancock's The Two of Us: a touching, funny, personal memoir of much-loved comedian Linda Smith, written by her partner of 23 years.
In February 2006 the comedian Linda Smith died from ovarian cancer. Over the previous ten years Linda had established herself as one of the UK's funniest and best-loved comedians, voted the wittiest person alive by BBC Radio 4 listeners. As any regular listener will testify, Linda was an acerbic political commentator, but she also had an eye for the absurdities of modern life an eye to rival Alan Bennett or Victoria Wood. In DRIVING MISS SMITH, Warren Lakin, Linda s partner for twenty-three years, tells Linda s life story, of growing up in a town called Erith, which wasn t twinned with anywhere, but does have a suicide pact with Dagenham, and of becoming a much-loved Radio 4 fixture. It is a witty and moving memoir, and although it ends sadly, it is ultimately a hopeful book and a fitting tribute to a life filled with warmth, courage and laughter.
'One of the smartest, funniest and most sweet-natured people I ever encountered - Stephen Fry on Linda Smith
The world is sadder and more tender for Smiths tragic loss - Maureen Lipman
'Razor-sharp and cuddly at the same time - The Sunday Times
One of the best-loved and funniest voices on the radio - Evening Standard
Genuinely uplifting a memoir from the heart, and a fitting tribute to one of Britains wittiest women - Word magazine
Irreplaceable - Radio Times