The Cutting of Mary Park

The Cutting of Mary Park


The Cutting of Mary Park: And Other Devonshire Tales

Set in the most scenic and rural county of Devon, these stories by author Ted Sherrell reflect both the farming and village community life of the area.

Many of the stories are told with a good slice of humour, as with the title story where ‘newcomers’ appear to outwit the local inhabitants, or when the recalcitrant Arthur Bowman meets head-on with the health inspector in The ’At. Others are thought-provoking and sometimes just occasionally sad, portraying the more vulnerable side of human life; these would include The Rocks Below, the Sky Above, where Frank discovers just how perplexing an over-bearing wife can become and how ready people are to assume his guilt.

Within this wide range of Devonshire tales the author draws from his own experiences extending from early days in farming to becoming a local councillor and magistrate; all good sources to appreciate the vagaries of human nature and behaviour. 

ISBN: 9781852001285 

Size: 217x140mm 

Binding: hardback 

Length: 184pp

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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.