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I Didn't Know You Cared

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, 298 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Arrow Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1973)
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Stephen Hayes
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another book about the Brandon family, somewhere in northern England in the 1960s, sequel to A touch of Daniel. Carter and Pat Brandon, after two years of marriage, find that living in a young executive housing estate with architect-designed homes isn't all it is cracked up to be. Carter's uncle Mort decides to cash in his life savings to buy three allotments, where he goes to live in a retired railway carriage and proudly grows weeds, among which cousin Celia searches for healing herbs to cure ...more
Xander Ring
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was another booked loaned to me by my friend Andy, a Manchester native. It was like reading another language: still English but just barely. Thank god I've spent time in Lancaster and know a bit of the Lancashire vernacular. The book is a hoot. Full of humor that only the English can pull off. The story revolves around Uncle Mort and his impending death---only he keeps getting healthier as his time runs out. I can still see Andy's eyes as he handed me this book. He obviously had fond memori ...more
Steve TK
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Brandon books are a comic, often surreal eulogy for a disappearing north and this continues where the first book left off. Great writing, with a darker edge to it.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The occasionally crude, frequently politically incorrect, and consistently hilarious tales of the eccentric Brandon family in England's 1970s industrial north. Laced with surreal asides, cynical views of progress, and a love for a simpler if grimy past, this is a wonderful romp. Having watched the TV series based on it and its predecessor ("A Touch of Daniel"*) many years ago, I was hearing the dialogue in the immortal tomes of Robin Bailey - the perfect Uncle Mort - et al.

*The two books stand
This sequel to A Touch of Daniel, Peter Tinniswood's first book featuring the Brandon family, once again celebrates the glorious language and humour of the working-class north. Published in 1973, and set in the early sixties, the world it describes has largely disappeared but the cadences of speech and the dry humour are still going strong. There's not a great deal of plot and what there is is there primarily as a framework on which to hang the wonderful, warm but rough-edged comic writing for w ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Classic 70's northern humour. Uncle Mort is one of the best Northern character ever created.

Funny; sad; irreverent and above all - not a hint of the PC that has infected even our better writers.
Joan Barton
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a laugh
I can't tell you how much fun it was to read this book! Hilarious............ ...more
Steven Kay
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sheffield-novels
The follow on from A Touch of Daniel. I started it but didn't finish having just read the A Touch of Daniel: a bit like eating butterscotch Angel Delight: I was feeling a bit sick and craving something more substantial and wholesome. See full review at: ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I doubt we will have another author quite like the late Peter Tinniswood, his unique gentle comedy a delight to read. I have all his books and re-read them every few years, they never fail to bring a smile to my face.
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