First published in 1868, Whitaker's is the ultimate single-volume reference source - packed with thousands of facts, figures, overviews and statistics relating to the UK and the world.
Whitaker's 2020 contains a comprehensive explanation of every aspect of national and local government infrastructure in the UK, astronomical and tidal data for 2020, guides to UK law, education and taxation, overviews of the water, energy and transport industries, essential calendar information, chapters on royalty and peerage, complete results for each constituency from the last UK General Election and an up-to-date list of MPs, government departments and public bodies, directory listings of trade unions and professional bodies, sports results and records, reviews of the year 2018-19 - covering the arts, science and politics - and monthly summaries of the year's news. Whitaker's is also an excellent introduction to world politics with in-depth profiles of international organisations, the European Union and every country of the world.
Our dedicated team of both in-house editors and specialist contributors spend a total of around 6,000 hours updating Whitaker's annually - this includes contacting thousands of individuals to update their own organisation's details, researching information from official annual reports, and gathering statistics and facts from the most up-to-date authoritative sources available. Updated continually throughout the year around 2,000 hours of editorial time is dedicated to verifying every piece of information to ensure that, unlike collaborative online sources such as Wikipedia, all the material in Whitaker's is neutral and reliable. Now in its 152nd edition, the book is completely revised and updated every year with at least 60% of the contents - including maps, diagrams and colour infographics - newly compiled specifically for this edition.
A totally unique combination of every aspect of UK infrastructure, current affairs, world politics, history, finance, astronomical data and reviews of the year, 'Whitaker's remains the most comprehensive compendium of information in the English language' (Jon Snow) and will save hours of research and cross-referencing between different sources.
A mighty work of reference -- Sir Trevor McDonald. OBE
Whitaker's is the place for things that everybody needs but nobody publishes - nobody else -- Matthew Parris
Settler of argument, provider of spurious historical parallels, goad to the weary hack's mind...I become so engrossed I forget what I was trying to look up in the first place -- Libby Purves
A source of delight as well as a gold-mine of information -- Jonathan Dimbleby