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 in the Imaginary Friends trilogy, Mr Tumnal, was published in 2014. The second instalment, The Imaginary Wife will be launched in April 2018 at the 4th Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival. Summers In Winter, launched Summer 2015, is a companion piece to the Imaginary Friends series, and available for free by signing up to his newsletter. 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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#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • Not a bad evening’s work. One more night and I think I might be able to finish up @southwoldbooks… #illustration #amillustrating #bookshops #bookshopsofinstagram #bookloversguidetobookshops

#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • Not a bad evening’s work. One more night and I think I might be able to finish up @southwoldbooks… #illustration #amillustrating #bookshops #bookshopsofinstagram #bookloversguidetobookshops

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I know that for some, the introduction of Amanda Jones’ tom-boyish friend Watts in #TheImaginaryWife was a highlight. It’s always nice to see old friends make an appearance… #amwriting #book3 #chapter2 #ForgottenFriends

I know that for some, the introduction of Amanda Jones’ tom-boyish friend Watts in #TheImaginaryWife was a highlight. It’s always nice to see old friends make an appearance… #amwriting #book3 #chapter2 #ForgottenFriends

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#Repost @blackwellbooks • • • • • In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary – widely used in schools around the world – was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions – the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual – became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world. Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book – a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America. https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Lost-Words-by-Robert-Macfarlane-Jackie-Morris-illustrator/9781487005382 #blackwells #blackwellbooks #blackwellsbooks #blackwellsbookshop #bookstagram #lostwords #thelostwords #nature #dictionary #words #nature

#Repost @blackwellbooks • • • • • In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary – widely used in schools around the world – was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning…

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Not sure how I feel about this. The Raymond Briggs original had all the words it needed (eg. THE PICTURES TOLD THE STORY DAMNIT!!). It doesn’t need retelling. #Repost @ebbandflobookshop • • • • • If you always felt like you’d like to read the story of The Snowman, Michael Morpurgo has sorted it in this beautiful book! #christmasbooks #independentbookshop #shoplocal #totallylocallychorley #thesnowman

Not sure how I feel about this. The Raymond Briggs original had all the words it needed (eg. THE PICTURES TOLD THE STORY DAMNIT!!). It doesn’t need retelling. #Repost @ebbandflobookshop • • • • • If you always felt like…

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#Repost @madoldcatladyofficial • • • • • Before you ask… 🖤. #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #madoldcatlady #catlady #crazycatlady #catlover #catlovergifts #blackcats #blackcatsrule #catsrule #blackcatsofinstagram #etsy #buylocal #smallbusiness #designermaker

#Repost @madoldcatladyofficial • • • • • Before you ask… 🖤. #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #madoldcatlady #catlady #crazycatlady #catlover #catlovergifts #blackcats #blackcatsrule #catsrule #blackcatsofinstagram #etsy #buylocal #smallbusiness #designermaker

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Want a magicrealism story that “pulls in Old English fairy tales […] with a modern story line […] set in a slightly different version of Oxford” for your #weekendreading? . Reader Camilla “loved Kathryn as a heroine and how she ultimately saves Louis” and rated #MrTumnal 5 stars! 😊 . https://viewbook.at/MrTumnal

Want a magicrealism story that “pulls in Old English fairy tales […] with a modern story line […] set in a slightly different version of Oxford” for your #weekendreading? . Reader Camilla “loved Kathryn as a heroine and how she…

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