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Guinness World Records 2012

From the Olympic to the Apocalyptic… and some of the most extraordinary individuals you'll ever encounter… The iconic book is back and better than ever!

Unrivalled for decades as the ultimate stocking filler, with over a million people unwrapping a copy of the book on Christmas Day last year, Guinness World Records returns with its brand new 2012 edition - bigger, brighter and more exciting than ever! 

Sporting a spectacular 3D bubble-effect jacket, the new book is bursting with thousands of new and updated records; amazing facts and trivia, and all new photos.





New world records

Marvel at incredible new records including the Heaviest Living Woman (Pauline Potter: 291.6 kg); Most Expensive Man-Made Object (International Space Station: £164 billion); Most Successful Olympians (Michael Phelps: 16 medals & Larisa Latynina: 18 medals); Oldest Man to Climb Mt Kilimanjaro (George Solt: 82 years-old); Longest Fingernails (The Dutchess: 10ft 2 in).

The latest edition of the iconic book also includes stunning new features on the Olympics, ancient civilizations; natural disasters; endangered species and asteroids, and also

  • Extreme Beauty
    Marvel at the worlds new Longest Fingernails, Largest Afro, Most Pierced Man, and Longest Tongue.
  • Spirit of Adventure 
    Meet the young and old pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of human endeavour taking extraordinary journeys over land, air, ice and sea.
  • Incredible Collections
    From clowns to stuffed penguins, you'll be amazed at what some individuals have devoted their life to collecting.
  • The Average Reader
    We break down your life into figures. Discover how much time YOU spend laughing, crying, dancing, eating, playing videogames and watching television!
  • Do Try This At Home
    Selection of records that readers can attempt in the safety of their own home that could get them in the next book!


Sneak peek


Preview the book here. Plus, see the pictures come alive! For the first time ever, the book contains hidden augmented reality technology 

A "must-have" for both knowledge-seekers and aspiring record-breakers of all ages, Guinness World Records 2012 is the perfect Christmas present for all the family!

"The perennial Christmas favourite" - The Bookseller

"Consistently entertaining for children" – Amazon.co.uk reader review

"A great book to dip into at any time" – Waterstones.co.uk reader review

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