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Gigantic tomes, library theft, fraudulent felons and a real-life Targaryen dragon are all par for the course in this month’s wide world of writing

Béla Varga, a 71-year-old book-maker in Szinpetri, a small village in northern Hungary, has gained a Guinness World Record for crafting the world’s largest book. The 346-page volume, which is about the flora, fauna, caves and architecture of the region, requires six people and a specially designed machine to turn the pages. The book weighs 1,420 kilos and measures 4.18m by 3.77m, and Varga, who scaled-up traditional bookbinding techniques in order to make the book, says it was impossible to make it any bigger.

He told Euronews, ‘It’s unique not only because of the size but because of the techniques: it was made like ancient codes, with wooden tables from Sweden and with the leather of thirteen cows from Argentina.’

The book has its own website, complete with information about how to pay a visit:

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