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RELATED TITLES UNIQUE SELLING POINTS 978-0-7459-7029-5 17.95 Paperback 5 x 7.75 352 pages BIOGRAPHY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Religious Lion Books Rights NAR June 27 2016 The fascinating story of the man who created Thomas the Tank Engine and friendsnow in paperback The stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends have delighted generations of children and adults but what do we know of the man who created them A devoted pastor and family man the Reverend W. Awdry first started telling the stories in order to amuse his own children with no idea that the characters would lead to a global phenomenon. Now seventy years after their first appearance their popularity shows no signs of waning. In this fascinating and warm biography prolific author Brian Sibley brings to life one of the most eminent childrens writers of the twentieth century tracing his story from his Edwardian child- hood through his time at university and into World War II. A con- firmed pacifist Awdry was thrown out of one curacy and denied another because of his beliefs. Never afraid to stand up for what he thought was right he argued with his publishers and his illus- trators demanding the best for his favorite creationsthe trains and their friends. The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Brian Sibleys biography of the Reverend W. Awdry is back on the rails again in a revised and updated edition. Sibley understands childrens writers better than any biographer I know. With this book you are definitely on the right track. So climb aboard. AndTickets please Gyles Brandreth English writer actor and broadcaster Brian Sibley is a writer and broadcaster with a long-standing pas- sion for the writings of C.S. Lewis. His books include The Land of Narnia and Shadowlands The True Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. He is also known for his highly acclaimed BBC seri- alizations of the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. 17 BIOGR APHY ISBN 978-0-7459-7029-5 9 7 8 0 7 4 5 9 7 0 2 9 5 The Thomas the Tank Engine Man The Life of Reverend W. Awdry Brian Sibley The Thomas the Tank Engine Man 978-0-7459-7027-1 29.95 J. R. R. Tolkien 978-0-7459-5514-8 16.95 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the first appearance of Thomas the Tank Engine Fully revised and updated to reflect Thomass continued and growing success worldwide The fascinating story of a true British eccentric