Whitaker’s 2014 is the ultimate single-volume reference book. It is a treasure trove of facts and figures about today’s ever-changing world — from detailed information on the UK monarchy, government departments, health and education systems to extensive and authoritative data on every country in the world.

Despite the decision to drop ‘almanack’ from the title, Whitaker’s remains as it has always been, an invaluable historical record and the definitive guide to the forthcoming year.

Whitaker’s 2014 is published by Bloomsbury. Click here for further details about the brand new edition of Whitaker’s.

9781408193334Praise for Whitaker’s

If you want to know it … it’s here” - John Humphrys

A mighty work of reference” - Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE

A standard relaxation for me is to open the Almanack at random, and ease myself into the hypnotic world of eclectic information” – Tim Waterstone

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

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Whitaker's Britain High Res cover image (2)Published 26 September 2013 (also available as an ebook)

Price £9.99
ISBN: 978-1-4729-0305-1
208 pages (including colour and black and white illustrations)

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On 22 July 2013 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, HRH Prince George (Alexander Louis) of Cambridge, was born at 4.24pm, weighing 8lb 6oz, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

Whitaker’s 2014 (published 7 November 2013), recorded this birth, as it has done for every royal birth since it was first published in 1868:


Nov. 14. [1948] Birth of Prince Charles: Princess Elizabeth safely delivered of a Prince at Buckingham Palace. Official announcement added that Her Royal Highness and her son were both doing well. Crowd waiting outside Palace received news with enthusiasm. 15. Cabinet and City of London sent congratulations on birth of the Prince. Royal Salute of 41 guns was fired in Hyde Park, salutes were fired at Edinburgh and other places, and peals of bells were rung. President Truman sent cable of congratulations, and throughout the British Commonwealth and Empire news was received with jubilation. 16. Bulletin stated that the Princess was making satisfactory progress and that infant Prince continued to do well. Both Houses of Parliament carried loyal address of congratulation to King and Queen, Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh unanimously. 18. Palace bulletin announced that the infant Prince was a healthy baby. 19. Final bulletin said Princess and her son were maintaining steady and satisfactory progress. Whitaker’s Almanack 1950


June 21. [1982] The Princess of Wales gave birth to a 7 lb 1½ oz. boy, who became second in line to the throne, in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington at 9.03 p.m.

28. Buckingham Palace announced that the baby son of the Prince and Princess of Wales was to be named William Arthur Philip Louis and would be known as Prince William of Wales. Whitaker’s Almanack 1983

This and other fascinating insights into the royal family and other major historical events can be found in Whitaker’s Britain, published on 26 September 2013. With extracts taken from the extensive Whitaker’s archive, dating back to 1868,
Whitaker’s Britain provides a unique historical perspective of the last 150 years.



Five Years in ReviewWhitaker’s ebook editions featuring selected themed sections of the main edition of Whitaker’s 2014.

Whitaker’s Almanack is available in ebook format. There are six titles to choose from:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Governance
  • International
  • Law and Order
  • The Year in Review
  • Five Years in Review

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Whitaker’s Little Book of Knowledge is an authoritative, quirky  trivia book divided into themed chapters containing thousands of general knowledge gems.

Whitaker’s Little Book of Knowledge is a unique ready-reference containing fascinating facts for every trivia buff while providing a unique insight into the world from the 19th century to the present day.



Whitaker’s Almanack Quiz and Sports Quiz Apps – for your iPhone

  • Over 1,000 questions per app
  • Multiple choice, Guess the Year and Matching Pairs quiz modes
  • General Knowledge questions from all specialities: Art & Design, Business, Entertainment, Geography, History, Language & Literature, Music, The Natural World, Philosophy & Religion, Politics, Science and Sport
  • Dedicated Sports Quiz App, including subjects as diverse as Sporting Rivalries, Football, Curling, Darts, Incredible Comebacks, Rugby, Golf – and everything in between
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Whitaker’s Almanack Quiz Apps have the authority of their sister print publication Whitaker’s Almanack, which has been published annually since 1868.

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