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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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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So glad to have the brilliant @imagexphoto back in town. Popped in today and they were really helpful with my camera and its slight glitch, and offered to do some investigations for me. #shoplocal #loveyourlocal @peckhamrobert

So glad to have the brilliant @imagexphoto back in town. Popped in today and they were really helpful with my camera and its slight glitch, and offered to do some investigations for me. #shoplocal #loveyourlocal @peckhamrobert

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It’s here! So looking forward to getting stuck into this – that’s my weekend sorted! And good to support @booksandink even if they are technically “between shops”… #bookshopday #shoplocal #loveyourlocal #indiebooksellers

It’s here! So looking forward to getting stuck into this – that’s my weekend sorted! And good to support @booksandink even if they are technically “between shops”… #bookshopday #shoplocal #loveyourlocal #indiebooksellers

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Today’s the day for the next instalment of Lyra’s story. Window display going up at @waterstones_oxford but I’ve already preordered my copy from the marvellous @booksandink 😊📚 @philippullmanofficial #SecretCommonwealth

Today’s the day for the next instalment of Lyra’s story. Window display going up at @waterstones_oxford but I’ve already preordered my copy from the marvellous @booksandink 😊📚 @philippullmanofficial #SecretCommonwealth

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#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • It was the illustration that defeated me twice, but I’m so glad I persevered with it. I’m so proud of how @blenheimpalace has turned out. • • • Prints now available: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/727647230/blenheim-palace-woodstock #Oxfordshire #landmarks #BlenheimPalace #illustration #amillustrating

#Repost @t.e.shepherd.art • • • • • It was the illustration that defeated me twice, but I’m so glad I persevered with it. I’m so proud of how @blenheimpalace has turned out. • • • Prints now available: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/727647230/blenheim-palace-woodstock #Oxfordshire…

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I would like to apologise to @vnemma for inflicting a real life #StoryOfAFierceBadRabbit this morning after I inadvertently left the hutch door open last night and she had to fetch them in from the garden… #DrífaTheEscapologist #NotReallyFierce #NotReallyBad #BeatrixPotter

I would like to apologise to @vnemma for inflicting a real life #StoryOfAFierceBadRabbit this morning after I inadvertently left the hutch door open last night and she had to fetch them in from the garden… #DrífaTheEscapologist #NotReallyFierce #NotReallyBad #BeatrixPotter

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I got a bit distracted buying vegetables this morning when a drag Queen came by in mobility scooter flanked by two beefeaters and followed by a giant bee, a whale wrapped in plastic and a mechanical fox… #weirdthingshappeninbicester

I got a bit distracted buying vegetables this morning when a drag Queen came by in mobility scooter flanked by two beefeaters and followed by a giant bee, a whale wrapped in plastic and a mechanical fox… #weirdthingshappeninbicester

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