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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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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#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • I’m thrilled with how well my #illustration of #Oxford’s @sheldoniantheatre has worked out. I’d love to know what you think? ••• The original and prints now available from @etsyuk and at this year’s @cogges #ChristmasMarket: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/731912258/sheldonian-theatre-oxford #SheldonianTheatre #amillustrating

#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • I’m thrilled with how well my #illustration of #Oxford’s @sheldoniantheatre has worked out. I’d love to know what you think? ••• The original and prints now available from @etsyuk and at this year’s…

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Just realised that by buying the new @philippullmanofficial from @booksandink, not only did I support a #indiebooksellers but I saved £2 (5 quid off instead of 3) than if I’d bought the #SecretCommonwealth from @waterstones! #shoplocal #loveyourlocal #amreading

Just realised that by buying the new @philippullmanofficial from @booksandink, not only did I support a #indiebooksellers but I saved £2 (5 quid off instead of 3) than if I’d bought the #SecretCommonwealth from @waterstones! #shoplocal #loveyourlocal #amreading

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I’ve been reading @philippullmanofficial’s #SecretCommonwealth and with its descriptions of a not-quite Oxford I’ve been wanting to get back to my novel. I’ve typed up everything I’ve written to dat and its pleasingly near to 14k words… #ForgottenFriends #ImaginaryFriends #TheNovel #amwriting

I’ve been reading @philippullmanofficial’s #SecretCommonwealth and with its descriptions of a not-quite Oxford I’ve been wanting to get back to my novel. I’ve typed up everything I’ve written to dat and its pleasingly near to 14k words… #ForgottenFriends #ImaginaryFriends #TheNovel…

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On #WorldMentalHeathDay when you see that post by a friend that brings you up short and makes you think, remember, or learn something new that changes the way you act and do… If you do just one thing as a result of it, please don’t forget tomorrow. #ChangeEveryDay

On #WorldMentalHeathDay when you see that post by a friend that brings you up short and makes you think, remember, or learn something new that changes the way you act and do… If you do just one thing as a…

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Happy #BookshopDay everyone! I did visit my local @colesbooksbicester but for once I didnt buy, mainly because @21stcenturyyokel’s newly released #RingTheHill was “bought” a year ago when I funded it and @philippullmanofficial’s #SecretCommonwealth was purchased my currently between locations fave, @booksandink… #BookshopDay @booksaremybag #shoplocal #loveyourlocal #indiebooksellers

Happy #BookshopDay everyone! I did visit my local @colesbooksbicester but for once I didnt buy, mainly because @21stcenturyyokel’s newly released #RingTheHill was “bought” a year ago when I funded it and @philippullmanofficial’s #SecretCommonwealth was purchased my currently between locations fave,…

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