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The fastest book in the world?

May 3rd, 2011 by | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on The fastest book in the world?
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Last Friday the UK and the rest of the world was gripped by Royal Wedding fever. But what was the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication most excited about?

No, not the swathe of pre-wedding books celebrating, commemorating and occasionally parodying the Royal couple, and our obsession with them: Daisy Meadow’s Kate the Royal Wedding Fairy, Fiona Goble’s Knit Your Own Royal Wedding and (should you really need it) The Royal Wedding for Dummies, among others.

No, what got us going was Michael O’Mara‘s world record attempt at the fastest book in the world. Into the bookshops in less than 72 hours after the wedding, Andrew Morton’s William & Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding, is currently under consideration at Guiness World Records for the fastest book out of the blocks. Much of the content had already been prepared before the wedding, but Morton and the Michael O’Mara team held the presses to get those all important shots of the happy couple on the front cover and into final pages. Will they also end up in the record books, the bestseller lists and the Guiness Book of Records? We wait to see…