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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My bike with the big wheels has been off-road for two long with a puncture in the rear wheel because no was under the impression they were hard to do. Worse, I’ve had an inner tube waiting for years. . Today I fixed it myself, and got my bike back on the road… #LifeInLockdown #lockdown #coronavirus

My bike with the big wheels has been off-road for two long with a puncture in the rear wheel because no was under the impression they were hard to do. Worse, I’ve had an inner tube waiting for years. ….

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Love the fact that whilst reading @lucy.mangan’s description of the cover to #RoaldDahl’s #CharlieandtheChocolateFactory, I recognised it as the exact same edition as I remember falling in love with… #books #amreading #illustration #BookIllustration #FaithJaques

Love the fact that whilst reading @lucy.mangan’s description of the cover to #RoaldDahl’s #CharlieandtheChocolateFactory, I recognised it as the exact same edition as I remember falling in love with… #books #amreading #illustration #BookIllustration #FaithJaques

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Just been for my allotted daily exercise. Today it was a cycle tour of Bicester involving a deserted Bicester Village and an almost post-apocolyptic A41 with NO traffic. Not to shabby a distance in less than an hour and against some strong winds… #lockdown #coronavirus #dailyexercise #amcycling🚴

Just been for my allotted daily exercise. Today it was a cycle tour of Bicester involving a deserted Bicester Village and an almost post-apocolyptic A41 with NO traffic. Not to shabby a distance in less than an hour and against…

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The need to kneed… #pasta #pastaverde

https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/v/t50.2886-16/90788816_209005190329227_6110135278835914142_n.mp4?_nc_ht=scontent.cdninstagram.com&_nc_ohc=BaMWAIQa8VkAX8kCQCn&oe=5E81E902&oh=75fc71f90d7c93d2a34681aacf937983 The need to kneed… #pasta #pastaverde

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‘You are what you are,’ said [his mother]. ‘Yes, I know,’ agrees Plop. ‘Anf what I are is afraid of the dark.’ . You really aren’t well-read if you didn’t grow up reading about Plop, the owl who was afraid of the dark. . #LucyMangan #Bookworm #amreading #TheOwlWhoWasAfraidOfTheDark

‘You are what you are,’ said [his mother]. ‘Yes, I know,’ agrees Plop. ‘Anf what I are is afraid of the dark.’ . You really aren’t well-read if you didn’t grow up reading about Plop, the owl who was afraid…

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With the peaceful quiet, reduction of transport, and clean and clearness to the air I’m really hoping that when all this over we don’t completely go back to “normal”… . #lockdown #coronavirus #change #ClimateChange #ThingsCanBeDifferent @chrisgpackham2 @gretathunberg

With the peaceful quiet, reduction of transport, and clean and clearness to the air I’m really hoping that when all this over we don’t completely go back to “normal”… . #lockdown #coronavirus #change #ClimateChange #ThingsCanBeDifferent @chrisgpackham2 @gretathunberg

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Thank you to @vnemma for the yummy #WorkFromHome lunch (all the better for being eaten in the garden). Whilst under #lockdown we might not be yet to the point of rationing, but Fadge actually really nice and can be made with any excess potatoes from the evening before… . #fadge #rations #coronavirus

Thank you to @vnemma for the yummy #WorkFromHome lunch (all the better for being eaten in the garden). Whilst under #lockdown we might not be yet to the point of rationing, but Fadge actually really nice and can be made…

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