Record for Longest Line of Books Established in Southwest England

Wimborne, England has a few claims to fame: inventor of the World Wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, was born there, Montague John Druitt, one of the people suspected of being Jack the Ripper was born and buried there, and the southern town boasts the highest life expectancy in the UK.

You’d think that would be enough for this market town of 15,000 strong. But no…Wimborne now has even more to brag about to their neighbors Canford Magna and Furzehill.

On July 31, 2016, Wimborne residents set out to create the longest line of books laid end to end. The BBC lists the number of books lined up at “more than 16,000”, while the Bournemouth Echo lists it at 13,000. To further confuse the final count, the Blackmore Vale says the number is 15000. Despite the cloudy accounting, Wimborne hopes this effort will give them a much deserved spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

I’m sure most of you are thinking “Why?”. What made the townspeople come together and rally around this project and this record?

I can think of a hundred other records that are more worthy of their time. They could have pursued the record for the largest falafel at 11,400 lbs or the record for most people showering together which stands at an impressive 152 beach-goers. A line of books just seems lazy.

Your follow-up question might be, “Why didn’t you count the books?”

Speaking of laziness, if they wanted the record that bad you’d think they would have taken the time to count ALL the books to get an exact total. I’m not sure a hazy estimate of 13,000 or 15,000 or 16,000 will get the attention of Guinness. Maybe the advanced age of the average Wimbornian(?) plays a role in this mystifying oversight or maybe, just maybe, they have something to hide…some dark twisted secret that could destroy the very fabric of this town and shatter our innermost concepts of “truth”. Moving on…


Book Record Commentary- Adam holding 1 ft. ruler measuring line of two tiny books. Line measures less than 1 foot.
A new world record!! Take that Furzehill!

If the fine folks at Guinness World Records are impressed by Wimborne’s effort, then I submit to them our world record attempt. Hideaway Books proudly presents proof of the shortest line of books laid end to end! Two books long…and yes, we counted.







For more of my book news commentary check out my post on Printed Book Sales Rise.

If you have any world records you’d like me to attempt just let me know. I am open to your suggestions.