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Front cover of the 2006 Almanack, the 138th edition, published by A & C Black.

Whitaker's Almanack is a reference book, published annually in the United Kingdom. The book was originally published by J Whitaker & Sons from 1868 to 1997, then by The Stationery Office, and since 2003 by A & C Black, part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Image File history File links Whitaker's_Almanack_2006_front_cover. ... Image File history File links Whitaker's_Almanack_2006_front_cover. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A & C Black is a British book publishing company. ... The Stationery Office is a private publishing company that was created in 1995 when the publishing arm of Her Majestys Stationery Office was privatised. ... A & C Black is a British book publishing company. ... Bloomsbury Publishing plc is an independent, London-based publishing house best known as the publisher of the Harry Potter series of novels, written by J. K. Rowling. ...


The Almanack

The Almanack consists of a great many articles, lists and tables on a vast range of subjects, such as education, the peerage, government departments, health and social issues, environment, conservation and military matters. The backbone of the Almanack is the comprehensive countries directory, which includes recent history, political set-up, economy, climate and culture overviews. Every edition is accompanied by a selection of excellent essays focusing on events of the previous year on everything from archeology to film, broadcasting to science. There is also a set of astronomical data covering the forthcoming year for the amateur stargazer. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Radio telescopes are among many different tools used by astronomers Astronomy (Greek: αστρονομία = άστρον + νόμος, astronomia = astron + nomos, literally, law of the stars) is the science of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earths atmosphere (such as auroras and cosmic background radiation). ...

The book is completely revised and updated annually. Whitaker's Almanack is not an encyclopedia but more of a yearbook of contemporary matters and a directory of various establishments in the UK (such as societies and institutions, clubs, sports bodies and universities), in addition, of course, to the vast international section. Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon, 1902 An encyclopedia or encyclopaedia, also (rarely) encyclopædia,[1] is a comprehensive written compendium that contains information on all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge. ...

Whitaker's is seen as something of an "establishment" volume: it was prized enough that Winston Churchill took a personal interest in the continued publication of the book after its headquarters were destroyed in The Blitz, a copy is sealed in Cleopatra's Needle on north bank of the Thames and even Sherlock Holmes uses it in the Valley of Fear. A journalist's bible, it can also be seen in many public places such as libraries and government offices as many people regard the book as a leading source of information and an invaluable tool for research. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician and author, best known as Prime Minister of Britain during the World War II. Well known as orator, soldier, author and politician, Churchill is generally regarded as one of... German bomber over the Surrey Docks, Southwark, London The Blitz was the bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 16 May 1941, during World War II. It was carried out by the Luftwaffe across the UK, but their attack was concentrated on London. ...


Each year's Almanack is published in two formats - the Standard Edition and a shortened Concise Edition. In previous years, a larger-format of the Standard Edition, bound in leather, was produced for libraries; the standard edition was an immediately recognisable volume with a red cloth spine and green boards, whilst the concise edition was generally a paperback. The Standard Edition was redesigned in 1993 to increase the page size and increase legibility. Old book binding and cover Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of separate sheets of paper or other material. ...


The Almanack's current Editor-in-Chief is Inna Ward, whilst former editor Hilary Marsden retains responsibility for the "Countries of the World" section.

Editors since 1868

  • Joseph Whitaker 1868-1895
  • Sir Cuthbert Whitaker 1895-1950
  • F H C Tatham 1950-1981
  • Richard Blake 1981-1986
  • Hilary Marsden 1986-1999
  • Lauren Simpson 1999-2003
  • Inna Ward 2004-present

Joseph Whitaker (May 4, 1820 - May 15, 1895), English publisher, was born in London, and apprenticed to a bookseller at the age of fourteen. ...

External links

  • Whitaker's Almanack website
  • ACBlack.com
  • Neilsen Bookdata, formerly J Whitaker and Sons

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