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A Touch of Daniel

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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.
Published 1975 by Pan Books (first published January 1st 1968)
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Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Gareth Evans
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I am right disappointed" said Carter Brandon to his uncle and aunt's baby Daniel
"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
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Stephen Hayes
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stephen by: Val Hayes
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
Steve TK
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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, bu ...more
Tamara Taylor
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Peter Pinkney
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series of books when I first read them. That was a long time ago. On re reading I couldn't help noticing the casual racism. I hope the author was portraying how people were, and tgat it was not a reflection of his own views.
Very funny still, but still have an uneasy feeling about it.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Steven Kay
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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"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..."
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Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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...

Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Classic northern novel, not as finely tunes as its follow up and a rather weird ending.
Tim Garwood
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another re read, as I read these as a teenager. It still ammused me immensely, mostly the gritty Northern wit and wisdom. When I first read these (there is a series) I remember the blokes at work taking them off me as I was screaming with laughter during their lunch break. It you're Northern you'll immediately appreciate the dry wit and sarcasm. One of the best thing is that each page contaings a two or three word heading picked from the prose on that page, these are so random as to be hilarious ...more
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