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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Just rediscovered my Gumdrop books that my Grandpa gave me. I never realised that he lived in Amersham and that’s where the books were set! @samthebook, have you encountered them… I think I might need to collect the other 15 titles… @booksandink #ValBiro #Gumdrop #amreading

Just rediscovered my Gumdrop books that my Grandpa gave me. I never realised that he lived in Amersham and that’s where the books were set! @samthebook, have you encountered them… I think I might need to collect the other 15…

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Last night I woke up at 5am this morning cursing that I had forgot to set my alarm. I was halfway through setting it when I remembered it can be later for Monday because of working home… before then realising it was still Sunday! 😂🤣⏰

Last night I woke up at 5am this morning cursing that I had forgot to set my alarm. I was halfway through setting it when I remembered it can be later for Monday because of working home… before then realising…

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Just like Chloë, writing essays never came easily to me. I love research, and pouring out pages of creative story, but essays… I really struggle we with them. What are you writing on #NationalWritingDay? #amwriting #ImaginaryFriends #MrTumnal #TheNovel

Just like Chloë, writing essays never came easily to me. I love research, and pouring out pages of creative story, but essays… I really struggle we with them. What are you writing on #NationalWritingDay? #amwriting #ImaginaryFriends #MrTumnal #TheNovel

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Just imagine a world in the #AnalogueFuture where the @bodleianlibs has a room devote to the 3000 volumes of printed @wikipedia to refer to during #research… ••• https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Size_in_volumes

Just imagine a world in the #AnalogueFuture where the @bodleianlibs has a room devote to the 3000 volumes of printed @wikipedia to refer to during #research… ••• https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Size_in_volumes

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