The record-breaking record book is back with a whole new year's worth of incredible accomplishments, spectacular stunts, cutting-edge science and unparalleled sporting achievements. As ever, it's packed with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs, thousands of superlative stats, facts and figures, and a multitude of new features.
This year, our editors have taken their inspiration from superheroes - fictional and real-world - so look out for an all-new feature chapter charting the rise of the superhero in comic books, TV shows and movies. We also meet the real-life record-breakers with genuine superpowers, such as the Canadian vicar who can pull a jumbo jet and an actual cyborg who uses technology to augment his senses.
Also new this year is a celebration of the superlative: taking one topic at a time, unique infographic poster pages explore the most exciting absolutes - such as the longest, tallest, fastest and heaviest. Does the longest sofa outstretch the longest train? Is the tallest Easter egg bigger than the tallest snowman? These will be available to download as FREE posters from guinnessworldrecords website.
About the Author
In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, the then managing director of the Guinness Brewery, went on a shooting party and became involved in an argument. Which was the fastest game bird in Europe - the golden plover or the grouse? He realized then that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove popular. He was right!
Sir Hugh's idea became reality when Norris and Ross McWhirter, who had been running a fact-finding agency in London, were commissioned to compile what became The Guinness Book of Records. The first edition was bound on August 27, 1955, and went to the top of the British bestseller lists by Christmas that year.
Since then, Guinness World Records has become a household name and the global leader in world records. No other enterprise collects, confirms, accredits and presents world record data with the same investment in comprehensiveness and authenticity.