From the Banks of the Tamar

From the Banks of the Tamar

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From the Banks of the Tamar: Stories of Country Characters from the 1950s

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.

Size: 212x135mm 

ISBN: Paperback: 9781852001773 / Hardback: 9781852001766

Length: 200pp

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About the author:

Ted Sherrell

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 was for many years involved in local government as a member of Tavistock Town Council, where in 2013 he was made the first ever Freeman of Tavistock. He has also been a member of West Devon Borough Council and is a Justice of the Peace.