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The Thomas the Tank Engine Man : The life of Reverend W. Awdry

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The Reverend W. Awdry was a devoted pastor and family man, who adored trains. He started to tell stories about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, in order to entertain his son Christopher. Those stories have gone on to entertain generations of children around the world. Awdry was a man of courage, who believed that you should live by certain rules. He built his imaginary world on the island of Sodor on these rules, and showed how those who transgressed them would always be 'punished, but never scrapped', as he said. A convinced pacifist, he was thrown out of one curacy and denied another during the Second World War, because of his beliefs. Never afraid to fight for what he thought was right, he argued with his publishers and his illustrators, demanding the best for his favourite creations - the trains and their friends.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 24 pages of colour, black and white photos, maps, posters, book covers etc
  • 074597029X
  • 9780745970295
  • 390,822

About Brian Sibley

Brian Sibley is a writer and a broadcaster, with a string of awards for his scripts and programmes. He has had an eclectic career, but an interest in books written for children, and their authors, recur again and again. As well as his life of Reverend Awdry, Brian Sibley has written extensively on C S Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia; J R R Tolkien and his books on Middle Earth, and also penned the official biography of Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings films. He has also adapted many books for serial dramas on Radio 4, including the Mervyn Peake novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Pilgrim's Progress and T H White's The Once and Future King.show more

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"The Thomas the Tank Engine Man,Brian Sibley's biography of the Reverend W. Awdry is back on the rails again in a revised and updated edition. Sibley understands children's writers better than any biographer I know. With this book, you are definitely on the right track. So, climb aboard. And -'Tickets please!'" -- Gyles Brandrethshow more

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