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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:00 pm

Here we can discuss The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, the Rev. W. Awdry's biography!

Dan5589 wrote:NEWS: The first look on the updated edition of Brian Sibley's The Thomas the Tank Engine Man can be found here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomas-Tank-Engine-Man-Reverend/dp/0745970273/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426785483&sr=1-1&keywords=awdry …

I think this new cover looks amazing! I'll certainly be buying the book when it comes out this summer!

The cover:


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Post by Toby7 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:02 pm

I love that the title font makes it look like it's an engine nameplate. It's great this is available again. I remember I wanted this book a good 6 years ago but it was nearly 100 bucks Razz
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Re: The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Discussion

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:07 pm

Toby7 wrote:I love that the title font makes it look like it's an engine nameplate. It's great this is available again. I remember I wanted this book a good 6 years ago but it was nearly 100 bucks Razz

It's amazing! Smile I love that little detail. It looks way better than the old cover:


Granted, they both look nice, I just prefer the new one.

I also wonder if the book will be updated in any way, since the Reverend has died since the original was published.
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Post by Toby7 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:20 pm

I believe on SiF that was part of the original news, that there were supposed to be some revisions in it.
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:44 pm

Maybe they spelled George Carlin's name correctly this time! Razz
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Post by JRCS on Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:58 pm

I might buy this. I've never had a desire for it, but if it goes out of print again, I'll be disappointed. It also might persuade the publisher to bring out The Island Of Sodor and Reading Between the Lines if it sells well.
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:49 pm

That's my hope as well! I need to get my hands on a copy of TIOS, but I'm not willing to put down $500 for it! Same goes for the biography, they're essential to my collection.
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Post by JRCS on Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:14 pm

I think it could be possible. This book was originally published by Heinemen, like TIOS was. But now it is being published by Lion Books, so they could bring out the other two.
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:54 pm

My fingers are crossed, that's for sure!
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Re: The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Discussion

Post by Jamie Parker on Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:29 pm

I will DEFINITELY be buying this!! I wanna now more about the Reverend and his life and how the TV series affected his life and so forth. I LOVE the new cover!! The other one seems so bland and dull; this one feels not only more fresh but colourful and appealing to younger fans as well as older fans.

It is a shame that it isn't an autobiography as I would have liked to have heard it from the words of the Reverend himself. But I understand that Brian Sibley knew the Reverend well and so you could call this an official biography so I'll let that pass.

Does anyone know why it's now being published by Lion Books? Why isn't Heinemann publishing it or Egmont (since they own the publications to the Railway Series)? Can anyone explain please?
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Post by SkarloeyRailway on Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:59 pm

The Fat Aristocrat wrote:Does anyone know why it's now being published by Lion Books? Why isn't Heinemann publishing it or Egmont (since they own the publications to the Railway Series)? Can anyone explain please?

A different company probably just bought the rights.
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Re: The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Discussion

Post by Dan5589 on Wed May 13, 2015 6:06 am

SkarloeyRailway wrote:
The Fat Aristocrat wrote:Does anyone know why it's now being published by Lion Books? Why isn't Heinemann publishing it or Egmont (since they own the publications to the Railway Series)? Can anyone explain please?

A different company probably just bought the rights.

It is all explained here, as answered by Brian Sibley for an exclusive interview I had with him to promote the updated edition of the book.
http://coffeyman1991.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/coffey-man-interviews-brian-sibley.html
http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/Thomas_the_Tank_Engine_Wikia:Exclusives/Brian_Sibley_Interview


"The stories built up by question and answer. 'Why is the engine sad, Daddy?' 'Because he's not been out for a long time.' 'What's his name?' 'Edward'--because that was the first name that came into my head," Awdry said in a 1995 interview with Church Times. (Los Angeles Times, 1997)
A few days before the special celebration yesterday, I had something in my mind to make a unique sizzle video of my very own to celebrate the publication of 'The Three Railway Engines' on May 12th, 1945.

Plus nearing the end of the editing progress of a unique fan-made sizzle video I had done to celebrate the special occasion yesterday, I even added in a little promotion in the end of the video itself for starters.
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Re: The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Discussion

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Fri May 15, 2015 3:22 am

This books sounds fascinating; I think I may pick up a copy one day!
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Re: The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Discussion

Post by zachthethomasfan2001 on Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:31 pm

I am definitely going to get this book once it comes out for the U.S. This September! It looks great!
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Re: The Thomas the Tank Engine Man Discussion

Post by luctheminecrafter on Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:03 am

So, has anyone gotten it yet? Is it just revisions or was it redone?
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