Mr Tumnal

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

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About me

A little bit about T E Shepherd

T E Shepherd is the author of magic realism stories 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 of a trilogy of adventures, Mr Tumnal, was published in 2014. The second installment is slated for late-2017. Summers In Winter, launched Summer 2015, is a companion piece to the Mr Tumnal series, and available for free. 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 End Of All Worlds

One girl. Her brother. The huldufólk they want to protect.

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Lion’s Mouth

Weep not for the mighty oak brought down by wind and rain, and the weathering of a long, full life now ended. The soul of the mighty oak though, lives on New trees grow from the rotting stump, and fauna…

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Cosy-mystery or Comic-mystery?

Cosy-mystery or Comic-mystery?

Best Murder in Show (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries Book 1) by Debbie Young Debbie Young’s debut novel (she is the author already of various anthologies of short stories and non-fiction) is billed as a cosy-mystery – I would suggest the…

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10 Years On

Ten years ago, it was my last day working at Blackwell. A Monday. An odd day to have the last day, but when you’re being made redundant to be replaced by a machine… This means it’s also ten years since…

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A traditional tale of childhood adventure

A traditional tale of childhood adventure

The Fossil Hunters by Betty Salthouse Who didn’t have a fascination for a fossils and dinosaurs as a child? This is a delightfully traditional tale of childhood adventure. Andy and Darren are two boys who dream of making a big…

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We are the same / but I am different

We are the same / but I am different

Silent Voices: A Selection of Poems Written by Those Not Always Heard by Jo Allmond (Editor), Joy Thomas (Editor) This is quite simply an outstanding anthology of poetry however you look at it. Every poem had me gripping the page…

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Spring: the beginning of things

Spring: the beginning of things

Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons by Melissa Harrison (Editor) The calendar year may start in January in the depths of winter but for most, the year begins with Spring. This is the first in Melissa Harrison’s stand-out series…

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Giving Voice to the Silent

On Saturday I took part for the second time, as author and panellist, at the 3rd Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival. I reprised my role from last year for the talk on Writing About Difference. This is a discussion that, just…

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Crows: the harbingers of death

Crows: the harbingers of death

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter I confess that when I first found out about this book – struck by the cover in a bookshop window – thought it was a beautiful tale of nature writing. That,…

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Rediscovering the Old Ways

Rediscovering the Old Ways

The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot by Robert Macfarlane This book is not quite what I expected. Not that I really knew much of what I did expect. I imagined that it might be travel writing by a man…

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Pathways

I’ve always had a thing about paths and pathways, so when I saw on instagram that that my relatively new friend Laura was reading The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane and that it was a book all about ancient paths…

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The day The End came

The day The End came

The outcome of the European Referendum on 23 June last year was a shock for me as it was for just about half of the population of my country. I am a child of the European Union. The United Kingdom…

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Mr Tumnal, Aspergers, and Me

Mr Tumnal, Aspergers, and Me

Today sees the start of World Autism Awareness Week. Autism and aspergers are hidden conditions. At their most pronounced autism is a condition that can isolate people from the world and make it hard for them to cope, but even…

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Blustery times in the garden

Sunday. It was bright but blustery day today. As part of much-needed Emma-therapy I took her up breakfas in bed of cereal, white tea, and buttered hot cross buns and then settled down to a leisurely breakfast myself. Then I…

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Adventures in poetry

Selected Poetry of John Clare by John Clare, edited by Jonathan Bate It’s been a perrennial ambition of mine to read more poetry. Unlike last year when I fulfilled an aim to read Tolstoy’s War & Peace, poetry is much…

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Bang!

Wednesday started with a very large Bang! Possibly thanks to my very large sleep in on Saturday/Sunday night I have managed to get up to catch the earlier of two buses this week, and today was no exception. On the…

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Thomas Two Bikes

After four weeks now of cycle commuting with my fold-up bike, today I got out my ‘other’ bike this morning. Emma is working this weekend, and so I needed to go on the cycle food tour of Bicester to provision…

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Two of my most favourite things

Sunday. Emma and I took a day trip down to Hampshire today to Mottisfont so that I could enjoy two of my most favourite things. Snowdrops, and an exhibition of work by my favourite artist, Rex Whistler. For years Rex,…

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