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Longest book in English language is no heavy burden.

AT 60 million words it's the longest -- and heaviest -- volume you could find for your bookshelf in the English language.

Flintshire County Council's Library Service has just taken delivery of it -- the classic 60-volume Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

It gives the stories of some 50, 000 men and women, including those from Wales, who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2000.

The DNB will take up over three metres of shelf space in the library's reference and information centre at the civic centre in Mold.

Library staff are delighted to make room for the important work, first published in 1884.

Notable characters include Diana, Princess of Wales, playwright Emlyn Williams, travel writer Thomas Pennant and Marged Ferch Ifan, an 18th century female harpist and weight lifter who ``could wrestle any man. ''

Gillian Fraser browses one of the 60 volumes of the gargantuan Dictionary of National Biography at Mold County Library
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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