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Christopher Awdry
Christopher Awdry at the National Railway Museum, York, 1987.jpg
Christopher Awdry at the National Railway Museum, York, 1987
Christopher Vere Awdry

(1940-07-02) 2 July 1940 (age 82)
Devizes, Wiltshire, England
Education Worksop College
Occupation Author
Years active 1983–2011
Notable work
Thomas the Tank Engine
Children 2
Parent(s) Wilbert Awdry (1911–1997)
Margaret Wale (1912–1989)

Christopher Vere Awdry (born 2 July 1940) is an English author. He is best known for his contributions to The Railway Series of books featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, which was started by his father, Wilbert Awdry (1911–1997). He has also produced children's books based on a number of other railways, as well as non-fiction articles and books on heritage railways. He was born at Devizes, the family moving to Kings Norton, Birmingham, when he was aged 5 months. Awdry was educated at Worksop College, a public school in North Nottinghamshire.

Christopher Awdry and the Railway Series

Christopher Awdry is in a way responsible for the creation of Thomas and his railway, which started as a story told to him by his father during a bout of measles in 1943. When his father retired in 1972, he wrote several Thomas books himself. The series came to be called Thomas & Friends after that.

In 2006, the current publishers, Egmont Books, decided to reprint the entire series in their original form; the fourteen books by Christopher were re-released at the beginning of August 2007. His favourite character is Toby.

The new interest from the publishers has gone beyond merely re-releasing the existing books. Christopher Awdry has written a new book for the series, titled Thomas and Victoria, which focuses on stories relating to the railway preservation movement. This, the forty-first book in the series, was released on 3 September 2007. In April 2010, Egmont Books confirmed that another Railway Series book, no 42 in the series, would be published in 2011. The publication date was later confirmed as 4 July 2011, and the illustrator as Clive Spong. It was published under the title Thomas and His Friends. This book would become the final book in the Railway Series to be published.

Other works

In 2001, Christopher Awdry wrote six stories featured in two books concerning railway safety, which were distributed to every primary school and library in the country. They were called: Bad Days for Thomas and His Friends / More Bad Days for Thomas and His Friends. The train operator Virgin Trains produced a colouring book for young passengers based on the stories.

A series of six books has been produced featuring locomotives from the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway, and illustrated by Marc Vyvyan-Jones.

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