Schott’s Almanac was launched in Autumn 2005 as “the very model of a modern, major almanac”. In contrast to some of its venerable forerunners, Schott’s Almanac was designed to be a more practical and entertaining annual volume, providing an intelligent analysis of the year’s events while giving a true sense of the year just ending and the year ahead – from the winner of “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!,” to the distribution of income across the social divide.
The Almanac’s Latin motto – Liber Praeteritorum Et Posteritatis Carmen – translates as “the book of things past and the song of the future.”
Schott’s Almanac represented a significant, though evolutionary departure from the Miscellanies. It has a more structured content, which was divided into logically clearly signposted sections. Nonetheless, it was hoped that any fan of the Miscellanies, would feel immediately at home in the pages of the Almanac.
Schott’s Almanac ran in Britain for six editions (2006–2011), and in both America and German for three editions (2007–2009). Because of the very country-specific nature of the material, a good three-quarters of the content was different from country to country. And, because both the news and many of the statistics needed to be constantly updated, each country volume contained about four-fifth’s new material each year. (Of course, the German Almanac was in German.)
Below is an overview of the British Almanac from 2006–2011, indicating the Person of the Year, the Object of the Year, and the Substance of the Year.
To get a taste of the content and tone of the Almanacs, click on the year buttons in the right-hand column to see selections from each of the six British editions.
For every edition, the scraperboard cover art was by Alison Lang, and the pointillism portraits and illustrations were by Chris Lyon.
See selections and artwork
from Schott’s Almanacs
Praise for Schott’s Almanac
‘A record of historic reference.’
– The Guardian
‘One of the oddest and most
addictively readable reference
books in print.’
– The Boston Globe
‘Schott hits the spot.’
– The Evening Standard
‘Brilliantly, if eccentrically,
presented and edited.’
– The Daily Mirror
‘The biography of the year.’
– Die Welt
‘Completely earnest and
mischievous at the same time.’
‘A wonderful achievement.’
– The New Statesman