FROM THE BANKS OF THE TAMAR
Stories of Country Characters from the 1950s
by Ted Sherrell
In this latest anthology of short stories Ted Sherrell has captured, through the
lives of individual characters, the spirit of 1950s village life on the banks
of the Tamar river in Devon.
We meet ‘Deadeye’ Dawkins with his antics to beat his brother in the local produce show, Jim
Burnham the village dodgy dealer, farmer Pym Harper, poacher Cuthbert Wells,
postman Alfie Spooner, the Reverend Luke Maxwell, and Ronald Penrose, chemist
and local film entrepreneur, and together with the other country folk who
meander within their individual tales, these characters reflect the heart of
the community that existed in 1950s rural Devon. With the slow improvement of
the economy and the ending of rationing it is a period of great hope and much
anticipation for a brighter and more prosperous future.
Brought up himself on the banks of the River Tamar, Ted Sherrell is able to
utilise his intimate knowledge of the people and places of the area to bring
his stories to life, depicting them with an entertaining mixture of humour,
sadness, love and occasional despair, but always with a sense of belonging
within a close and caring village community.
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 Devon and Cornwall.
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 Justice of the Peace.