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Rev W. Awdry - Author

Wilbert Vere Awdry (1911-1997) was born on 15 June near Romsey in Hampshire. Young Wilbert had a passion for steam engines. He loved to play with the model railway his father had built in the garden, and to pore over copies of The Railway Magazine.

"Lying in bed as a child I would hear a heavy goods train coming in and stopping at Box station, then the three whistles, a tank-engine, which would come out of his little shed to help the goods train. There was no doubt in my mind that steam engines all had definite personalities . . . little imagination was needed to hear in the puffings and pantings of the two engines the conversation they were having with one another: 'I can't do it! I can't do it! I can't do it!' 'Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!' "

The Three Railway Engines was successfully published by Edmund Ward in 1945, and the following year the most famous of all Wilbert Awdry's engine characters appeared in Thomas the Tank Engine. From James the Red Engine in 1948, Awdry published a new Railway Series title every year until his last book, Tramway Engines, in 1972. The setting was the wonderful fictional island of 'Sodor', situated near the Isle of Man, for which Wilbert devised its people, engines, history and geography.

Although he wrote his last book in the series in 1972, Rev. Awdry's creation lives on! In 1983 his son, Christopher, published Really Useful Engines, the first in his own series about Thomas and his friends.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Rev W. Awdry

Thomas the Tank Engine 70th Anniversary Slipcase
Rev W. Awdry - illustrated by C. Reginald Dalby
In this 70th anniversary year, Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends remain as popular as ever, loved by millions all over the world. Now rediscover the classic stories about the world's best-loved tank engine with stunning new gift edition...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/04/2015
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Thomas the Tank Engine : The Centenary Library
Rev W. Awdry
To celebrate 100 years since Rev. W. Awdry was born, this limited edition set will be the perfect collectors gift. It contains the 26 classic books by Rev. Awdry and comes in a wonderful gift box.
Lovereading Price: £120.00 - Saving £30.00 (20%) Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/07/2011
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Thomas the Tank Engine 65th anniversary edition
Rev W. Awdry
This book allows fans of Thomas to rediscover the original classic stories about the world's best-loved tank engine. In this sixty-fifth anniversary year, Thomas and his friends remain as popular as ever, loved by millions all over the world; the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/06/2010
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Thomas the Tank Engine (The Railway Series No. 2)
Rev W. Awdry
This is where it all began for Thomas the Tank Engine. In this story we meet a very cheeky Thomas for the first time and follow his adventures as he proves himself to be a ‘very useful' engine, so much...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2004
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