Mr Tumnal

Everyone has an idea of their ideal family. Not everyone’s become real

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About me

Derbyshire born. Suffolk bred. Lives in the shires.

T E Shepherd is an author/illustrator. He writes magic realism set in our, or closely-related, worlds. His debut novel, The End Of All Worlds, was released in 2012. His second novel, and the first in the Imaginary Friends trilogy, Mr Tumnal, was published in 2014. The second in the series, The Imaginary Wife, was published in 2018, and he's currently working on the final instalment, Forgotten Friends. He is also a landscape artist, and is currently working on a project with Erica Smith aka. the Bookshop Blogger to illustrate his way round the country to produce The Booklover's Guide to Bookshops. You can find out about upcoming releases by following on Twitter, liking on Facebook, or by joining the mailing list.

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  The Imaginary Wife

The Imaginary Wife

How would you feel if you discovered you were the imaginary creation of your best friend?

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If I’m going to do the @cogges #ChristmasMarket then I need to extend my range of local landmarks. I may regret the number of windows and finicky bits in #BlenheimPalace… ••• #sundaystrolls👣 #wewentinthefreebackdoor #illustration #amillustrating #illustratorsofinstagram

If I’m going to do the @cogges #ChristmasMarket then I need to extend my range of local landmarks. I may regret the number of windows and finicky bits in #BlenheimPalace… ••• #sundaystrolls👣 #wewentinthefreebackdoor #illustration #amillustrating #illustratorsofinstagram

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#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • One year old today, #thestripeybadgerbookshop is as delightful inside as the building is outside… #bookshops #bookshopsofinstagram #bookloversguidetobookshops #illustration #amillustrating #grassington #Yorkshire #yorkshiredales

#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • One year old today, #thestripeybadgerbookshop is as delightful inside as the building is outside… #bookshops #bookshopsofinstagram #bookloversguidetobookshops #illustration #amillustrating #grassington #Yorkshire #yorkshiredales

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Couldn’t have put it better myself! #Repost @pintsizedfarmers • • • • • A level results? I got 3 A’s & spent 95% of my terrible “corporate” career hiding in the toilets and sob/ranting on the phone to my mum about what Linda said to me by the coffee machine. Getting good grades is not as important as looking after your mental health or happiness. Don’t force yourself into a career that doesn’t fit. Your exam results, good or bad, do not define you. Embrace your personality, cultivate your confidence/resilience and work at something you enjoy. (And which also pays a few sheep feed bills) 😁 #examresults #oldiewonk #advicefromanoldlady #farmer #highhousefarmbrewery #mabelthelamb #afarmersdiary

Couldn’t have put it better myself! #Repost @pintsizedfarmers • • • • • A level results? I got 3 A’s & spent 95% of my terrible “corporate” career hiding in the toilets and sob/ranting on the phone to my mum…

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#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • Friday night sketching at the #stripeybadgerbookshop… ••• #bookshops #bookshopsofinstagram #bookloversguidetobookshops #illustration #amillustrating #grassington #Yorkshire #yorkshiredales

#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • Friday night sketching at the #stripeybadgerbookshop… ••• #bookshops #bookshopsofinstagram #bookloversguidetobookshops #illustration #amillustrating #grassington #Yorkshire #yorkshiredales

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#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • The picture that almost defeated me. Oxford’s #BridgeofSighs is now finished. Prints and original are now available: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/714577204/bridge-of-sighs-oxford ••• #Oxford #landmarks #illustration #amillustrating

#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • The picture that almost defeated me. Oxford’s #BridgeofSighs is now finished. Prints and original are now available: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/714577204/bridge-of-sighs-oxford ••• #Oxford #landmarks #illustration #amillustrating

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It’s not often that going to the theatre involves you meeting royalty on woodland paths, being locked in a meat freezer with zombies, boarding a bus with sprites, stand round a tree summoning a lover who ends up being locked in the boot of a car, walk down a road wearing headphones listening to a man in a car. @creationtheatre’s #CreationTempest was weird theatre at it’s best!

It’s not often that going to the theatre involves you meeting royalty on woodland paths, being locked in a meat freezer with zombies, boarding a bus with sprites, stand round a tree summoning a lover who ends up being locked…

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