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The Brandon family inhabit an absurd world where the men say nothing if they can help it and the women carp endlessly to no avail. They live an exceptionally unexceptional lifes Daniel....

Title : A Touch of Daniel
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ISBN : 9780330246781
Format Type : Other Book
Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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A Touch of Daniel Reviews

  • Colin
    2019-02-07 23:26

    Every now and then I hear a repeat of one of Peter Tinniswood's wonderful radio dramas on BBC Radio 4 Extra - most recently Uncle Mort's South Country. Last year I was lucky to catch a his dramatisation of his three novels about the Brandon family of which A Touch of Daniel is the first. To my mind he was one of the greatest writers for radio of the post-war period. A Touch of Daniel, first published in 1968 doesn't quite reach the heights that its dramatised version did, but is an entertaining read nonetheless; funny, acutely observed and increasingly surreal and with a range of brilliant comic characters. Tinniswood's observations of an 'ordinary' northern working class family and in particular the things they say are spot on. Most of the humour in the book comes from his acute ear for dialogue and his spot on characterisation. I've already tracked down the second and third books (long out of print, unfortunately) so I'll look forward to reading them too.

  • Steve TK
    2019-02-21 23:31

    Picked this up after watching the sitcom, I Didn't Know You Cared, based on the same characters, also written by Peter Tinniswood. The sitcom is an overlooked gem, a surreal cult classic which ran to four series. It took Amazon four months to locate the box set after I ordered it! The only reason I can see for it not being hailed as a great 70s sitcom on 'I love 1975' clip shows and the like is that it's so thoroughly northern, but that's actually a huge part of its charm. The book is darker, but the black humour and characters are the same, highly recommended, and I'm looking forward to reading the other Tinniswood books that I've managed to locate on eBay.

  • Tamara Taylor
    2019-02-01 20:48

    I have no idea how this book is so hard to find and rarely mentioned. It is ridiculous in the best sense of the word. The humour is so dark, so wicked, so hilarious. It is wonderfully horrible. I snorted audibly on each page. I want to send a copy to all of the people I know who have the same wicked sense of humour but copies of this book are so hard to find. Read it and forgive yourself for laughing at all the irreverant humour.

  • John Mccafferty
    2019-01-31 21:47

    A mostly unknown classic by the brilliant Peter Tinniswood.A very funny yet dark comedy novel but so much more you will not read a more original book.The 1st of four novels featuring the Brandon family set in the 1960's in Northern England and also featuring my favourite character in literature Uncle Mort.

  • Laura
    2019-02-16 01:29

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:As Carter Brandon struggles for love, the only person who understands is his baby cousin. Based on the first in Tinniswood's 'Brandon Family' series.

  • Gareth Evans
    2019-01-28 02:40

    "I am right disappointed" said Carter Brandon to his uncle and aunt's baby DanielWhy?"I thought I was the hero of an angry young man novel. Having beer, watching rugby, sowing my wild oats before being tamed by the fiance and the mother-in-law. I thought I was going to be Arthur Seaton or Joe Lampton"You can't always have real life Carter."Instead I get inserted into a novel with all sorts of odd things happening. Strange pregnancies, odd relatives, and a 24-year old man who talks to a baby with strange powers. It's bloody odd Daniel, I tell thee"Oh grow up Carter, not everyone gets film adaptions with Laurence Harvey or Albert Finney. You'll just have to settle for a sitcom and get played by Stephen Rea and Keith Drinkel. But then what do I know, I am only a baby.Carter placed Daniel back into the cot. As he left the nursery he caught sight of Uncle Stavely carrying the (literally) legless Corporal Parkinson down the stairs. He sighed."I heard that, pardon" said Uncle StavelyIt really is a cross between a late 1950s kitchen sink novel with magic realism. Oddly comforting and warm and funny but also callous and strange.

  • Stephen Hayes
    2019-02-03 20:49

    I first read A touch of Daniel 45 years ago, quite soon after it was written, and only a few years after I had visited north-west England, where it is set. The story deals with the Brandon family, who live in a place that sounds like Oldham, Lancashire, where I once stayed with a college friend, Alan Cox. I had been reading other books set in the area, like Elidor, and so I found a kind of affinity and feel for the place. A touch of Daniel above all gives a feel for the place and the people. It deals with the Brandon family, who take in various widowed relatives, and deals with how they all get on in a crowded house. It is both sad and funny, and the first time I read it, it struck me as amazingly realistic. If you wanted to get a feel for the culture of people in north-western England in the 1960s, this would be the book to read. The first reading gave a feeling for the place and the people, but reading it again 45 years later it is also a remembrance of things past, a recalling of pre-Thatcher Britain. I'm now re-reading the next book in the series, I didn't know you cared.

  • Jon
    2019-01-24 02:38

    The late Peter Tinniswood's first novel about the Brandon family is nothing like the BBC sitcom 'I Didn't Know You Cared' which was somewhat loosely based on it (by Tinniswood himself). And I'm not surprised. Carter Brandon's internal conversations with the baby Daniel, and the strange powers the child seems to have, are very surreal and strangely disturbing. The BBC would never have understood it (and I'm not sure I do, either). This part of the story is very much at odds with the rest, a comic kitchen-sink family drama set in a thinly disguised Sheffield. Tinniswood had a wonderful ear for dialogue, and a nice line in descriptive prose, but I'm not sure the Daniel business works, or what it's supposed to mean. Very odd. Aye, well, m'm.

  • Steven Kay
    2019-01-29 21:47

    "Some good aspects but the best description I can give is that they are like butterscotch Angel Delight. On the first mouthful you think you quite like it, then after a few spoonfuls, you realise you actually don’t like it that much at all and find it rather unsubstantial. Ultimately it leaves you feeling a bit sick..." Full review at:

  • Simon
    2019-01-28 00:21

    This book changed my life. He is still our best ever writer for radio, look out for his work on R4. I cried openly when PT died I don't mind telling you. I might go for a little weep now...S

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-01 01:24

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