LOOKING TOWARDS THE TAMAR by Ted Sherrell
These present day stories are set in the community and environment of the county
of Devon. They draw inspiration from both country and urban areas which are
well-known to author Ted Sherrell.
There are an interesting variety of characters and tales, ranging from the
humour and madness of the local council meetings, where ‘risk assessments’ become a matter of embarrassment for one particular councillor, to the
thoughtful reminiscences of an old man seeing again the fecund Tamar Valley
with all its fruit, flowers and vegetables grown to be sent ‘up country’, until the day that Mr Beeching cut the trains which carried the produce.
Ted Sherrell draws inspiration from his own knowledge and experiences of
Devonshire life. His childhood was spent in the Tamar Valley, and his later
observations as both a councillor and magistrate have helped him understand the
strengths and frailties of the human character.
Following the huge success of the hardback edition of this book United Writers
has now published it in paperback. Both versions are in print and available for
Born and educated in West Devon, Ted Sherrell has had an interesting and most
diverse working career; past work including being a civil servant, newspaper
reporter, fireman, factory worker, door-to-door salesman, insurance agent,
shopkeeper, proofreader and as a business adviser calling principally on farms
in the South West region.
A farmer’s son, he has worked amongst and been around the farming and rural communities
of Devonshire for most of his life. He draws greatly upon this background – plus his various working experiences – when writing his novels and short stories.
In past years he gained an Honours Degree in History through a correspondence
course and, as well as his writing career, Ted Sherrell has for many years been
involved in local government as a member of Tavistock Town Council and West
Devon Borough Council. He is also a magistrate, sitting regularly on the