THESE ARE SOLEY MY OPINIONS AND NOT INFLUENCED FROM THE THOMAS & FRIENDS FAN BASE
THE THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE MAN
May 15th 2015
Twenty years ago in October 1995 at Charing Cross Railway Station hotel, Brian Sibley's biography of 'The Thomas the Tank Engine Man' was launched with the Awdry family, several editors as well as the late Johnny Morris were all in attendance. Now two decades later the book has new light and is updated with new information between 1996-2015 published in time for the 70th anniversary of the Railway Series that was published on May 12th 1945.
I do have the original copy of the Thomas the Tank Engine Man biography book by Brian Sibley from a seller from Australia via Amazon I believe around 2013 and it's the same as what is seen in the 2015 edition, although with some less pictures then the previous edition and some pictures from the new series era from episodes such 'Thomas and the Toy Shop' and 'Percy and the Left Luggage'.
The book provides the many detail on the life of the Rev.W.Awdry's life, his success of the Railway Series books as well as the inspiration behind the stories and characters along with the success of the television series run. With letters written by children over the years giving their praises for the author. The updated version provides us the later years after the book's first publication year with a little help from Railway Consultant Sam Wilkinson, former Thomas artist Owen Bell and creator of the Coffey Reviwer and friend Daniel Coffey.
The cover in my opinion has a lot more attraction then what the former had, It provides familiarity of the characters, I've seen children once excited by seeing a TV series Thomas model at Dryaton Manor despite that they would've been watching the CGI version of the show in 2012. As well as providing pictures of the author from his young years towards his later years as well as pictures and books of his Railway Series. It's a good read if you want to know things about the author himself and the process of the books that have been successful for 70 years.
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