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Welcome to our "Top 10 of Everything" collectors' web-site, which is a companion site to our Guinness Record Book Collecting web-site. The rationale for this site is simple: the "Top 10 of Everything" (by Russell Ash) is one of our favourite reference books, and we hope that you will think so too. This site catalogues our own collection of Russell Ash's work and we hope that it may provide some assistance to other Top 10 collectors.

Russell Ash started his Top 10 series after visiting the USA and finding a book entitled "The Book of Texas Lists". Realising that no such book about London existed, he set about producing one and the glorious "Londoner’s Almanac" was published in 1985. The book was an instant success and earned Russell a London Tourist Board award. Sadly, it has never been updated or reprinted, but Russell took the idea one step further and published the first Top 10 of Everything in November 1989. The success of the book saw it turn into an annual publication - each year offering a different selection of lists - and many spin-off books were produced to complement the main editions.

In June 2010, we were saddened to learn that Russell Ash died of a heart attack at the age of 64. When we were setting up this site, we had many enjoyable conversations with Russell - his e-mails were usually humorous and always very informative, the same traits he carried through to his many publications. In its obituary, the Times newspaper notes that, "In some respects he took up the mantle of the McWhirter brothers, founders of the Guinness Book of Records". Russell would have been amused by that.

1981 The Book of Texas Lists !!

Publication Date

1981

Cover

White background

Price New $15.00
ISBN 0-932012-17-5

Pages

203

Chapters 9 ("All and Sundry: A Texas Miscellany", "Flora and Fauna", "Towns and Places", "History and Politics", "Crime and Law", "Science, Medicine, and Business", "Entertainment", "Education, Arts, and Media" and "Sports")
Dimensions 9½ x 6½  inches (241x165 mm)
Editor Anne Dingus
Copyright 1981 Texas Monthly Press, Inc.

Publisher

Texas Monthly Press, Inc., P.O. Box 1569, Austin, Texas 78767.

Russell Ash's "The Londoner's Almanac" was published in 1985 and is well worth getting hold of. The front cover describes the book as: "Containing Lists of London's Best & Worst: Museums & Art Galleries; Oddities & Curiosities; Crimes & Ghosts; Customs & Quotations; Explosions, Disasters & Fires; Cemeteries & Churches; Bridges & Tunnels; Buildings & Statues; Parks and Palaces and over 100 others".

1985 The Londoner's Almanac

 

Publication Date

June 1985

Cover

Red background

Price New £2.95
ISBN 0-7126-0928-8

Pages

218

Dimensions 79/16 x 4⅞ inches (192x125 mm)
Copyright Russell Ash 1985.

Publisher

Century Publishing Co. Ltd, Portland House, 12-13 Greek Street, London W1V 5LE

Printer Hunt Barnard Printing Co., Aylesbury, Bucks

 

1989 The Top 10 of Everything

Edition

1

Publication Date

9th November 1989

Price New £9.99
ISBN 0-356-15983-3

Pages

256

Sections 24 ("The Universe", "Planet Earth", "Plants & Crops", "Animals & Birds", "Human Body & Health", "Human Activities & Achievements", "Town & Country", "Buildings & Structures", "Art", "Language, Literature & Education", "Music", "Theatre", "Film", "Radio, TV & Video", "Industry, Commerce & Communications", "Wealth", "Food & Drink", "Crime & Punishment", "Military", "Religion", "Sports, Games & Pastimes", "Air & Space", "Accidents & Disasters" and "Transport & Tourism")
Dimensions 111/3 x 7¾ inches (288x197 mm)
Copyright Queen Anne Press and Russell Ash 1989.

Publisher

Queen Anne Press, a division of Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd, Orbit House, 1 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1AR

Printer Butler and Tanner Ltd, Frome, Somerset.
Notes:
  1. As noted by the author in the introduction to the second edition, there are some errors in the first edition: World Trade Center is printed as Word Trade Center on Page 90 and the longest word on Page 108 is missing a letter (we'll take his word for that).

 

1990 The Top 10 of Everything 1991

Edition

2 (Completely Revised and Updated)

Publication Date

11th October 1990

Price New £10.99
ISBN 0-356-19211-3

Pages

256

Sections 23 ("The Universe", "Planet Earth", "Plants & Crops", "Animals & Birds", "Human Body & Health", "Human Activities & Achievements", "Town & Country", "Buildings & Structures", "Culture and Learning", "Music", "Theatre", "Film", "Radio, TV & Video", "Industry, Commerce & Communications", "Wealth", "Food & Drink", "Crime & Punishment", "Military", "Religion", "Sports, Games & Pastimes", "Air & Space", "Accidents & Disasters" and "Transport & Tourism")
Dimensions 111/3 x 8 inches (288x203 mm)
Copyright Queen Anne Press and Russell Ash 1990.

Publisher

Queen Anne Press, a division of Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd, Orbit House, 1 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1AR

Printer BPCC Paulton Books Ltd, Paulton, Bristol.
Notes:
  1. The "Art" and "Language, Literature & Education" sections from the first edition merged into "Culture and Learning".

 

1991 The Top 10 of Everything 1992

Edition

3 (Entirely Revised & Updated With More Lists Than Ever!)

Publication Date

24th October 1991

Price New £11.99
ISBN 0-356-19607-0

Pages

256

Sections 24 ("The Universe", "Planet Earth", "Plants & Crops", "Animals & Birds", "Human Body & Health", "Human Activities & Achievements", "Town & Country", "Buildings & Structures", "Art", "Culture and Learning", "Music", "Theatre", "Film", "Radio, TV & Video", "Industry, Commerce & Communications", "Wealth", "Food & Drink", "Crime & Punishment", "Military", "Religion", "Sports, Games & Pastimes", "Air & Space", "Accidents & Disasters" and "Transport & Tourism")
Dimensions 111/3 x 8 inches (288x203 mm)
Copyright Queen Anne Press and Russell Ash 1991.

Publisher

Queen Anne Press, a division of Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd, 165 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YA

Printer BPCC Hazell Books, Aylesbury and Paulton
Notes:
  1. The Contents page now has colour illustrations for each section.

  2. "Art" has its own section again.

  3. The introduction notes that the book is now also published in Australia, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

 

1992 The Top 10 of Everything 1993

Edition

4

Publication Date

29th October 1992

Price New £14.99
ISBN 0-7472-0716-X

Pages

256

Sections 24 ("The Universe", "Planet Earth", "Plants & Crops", "Animals & Birds", "Human Body & Health", "Human Activities & Achievements", "Town & Country", "Buildings & Structures", "Art", "Culture and Learning", "Music", "Theatre", "Film", "Radio, TV & Video", "Industry, Commerce & Communications", "Wealth", "Food & Drink", "Crime & Punishment", "Military", "Religion", "Sports, Games & Pastimes", "Air & Space", "Accidents & Disasters" and "Transport & Tourism")
Dimensions 111/3 x 8 inches (288x202 mm)
Copyright 1992 Headline Book Publishing plc and Russell Ash.

Publisher

Headline Book Publishing plc, Headline House, 79 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1P 7FN

Printer Butler and Tanner Limited, Frome

 

1993 The Benson and Hedges Top 10 of Everything 1994

 

Edition

5

Publication Date

12th October 1993

Price New £14.99
ISBN 0-7472-0792-5

Pages

256

Sections 25 ("The Universe", "Planet Earth", "Plants & Crops", "Animals & Birds", "Human Body & Health", "Human Activities & Achievements", "Town & Country", "Buildings & Structures", "Art & Collectables", "Culture and Learning", "Music", "Theatre", "Film", "Radio, TV & Video", "Industry, Commerce & Communications", "Wealth", "Food & Drink", "Crime & Punishment", "Military", "Religion", "Sports, Games & Pastimes", "Air & Space", "Road, Rail & Sea", "Tourism" and "Accidents & Disasters")
Dimensions 111/3 x 8 inches (288x203 mm)
Copyright 1993 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Headline Book Publishing, A division of Hodder Headline plc, Headline House, 79 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1P 7FN

Printer Butler & Tanner Ltd, Frome and London
Notes:
  1. The "Art" section becomes "Art & Collectables".

  2. New "Road, Rail & Sea" section added.

  3. "Transport & Tourism" becomes just "Tourism".

  4. In the introduction, the author notes that he was influenced by books such as David Wallechinsky's Book of Lists. Naturally, we have many copies of books of that nature too.

 

1994 The Top 10 of Everything

Edition

6 (1995 Edition)

Publication Date

27th October 1994

Price New £12.99
ISBN 0-7513-0137-X

Pages

288

Sections 12 ("The Universe and Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "The Good and the Bad", "Town and Country", "Culture and Learning", "Music", "Stage and Screen", "Radio, TV and Video", "The Commercial World", "Transport and Tourism" and "Sports and Games")
Dimensions 111/5 x 8¾ inches (284x222 mm)
Copyright 1994 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 1994 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer Proost, Belgium
Notes:
  1. The first Dorling Kindersley edition, which has completely revised and condensed sections.

 

1995 The Top 10 of Everything 1996

Edition

7

Publication Date

21st September 1995

Price New £12.99
ISBN 0-7513-0212-0

Pages

288

Sections 13 ("The 20th Century", "Sports", "The Human World", "The Good & the Bad", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Stage & Screen", "Radio, TV & Video", "The Commercial World", "Town & Country", "Transport & Tourism", "Life on Earth" and "The Universe & Earth")
Dimensions 111/5 x 8¾ inches (284x222 mm)
Copyright 1995 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 1995 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer Proost, Belgium
Notes:
  1. Sections renamed and re-ordered in this edition, and "The 20th Century" section added.

 

1996 The Top 10 Quiz Book

Publication Date

19th September 1996

Price New £5.49
ISBN 0-7513-544-30

Pages

45

Dimensions 11 x 8¾ inches (288x222 mm)
Copyright 1996 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer LEGO, Italy
Notes:
  1. The book contains 20 sections with, of course, 10 questions in each section.

 

1996 The Top 10 of Everything 1997

Edition

8

Publication Date

October 1996

Price New £12.99
ISBN 0-7513-0318-6

Pages

256

Sections 13 ("The Universe & Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "The Good & the Bad", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Stage & Screen", "Radio, TV & Video", "The Commercial World",  "Food & Drink", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sports" )
Dimensions 284 x 225 mm
Copyright 1996 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 1996 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer Partenaires, France
Notes:
  1. Sections renamed and re-ordered again. "The 20th Century" section removed, but a new "Food & Drink" section added.

  2. The introduction notes that the book has been published in countries as diverse as France, Italy, Australia, Finland, Canada, Japan and the US.

 

1997 The Top 10 of Everything 1998

Edition

9

Publication Date

October 1997

Price New £12.99
ISBN 0-7513-0443-3

Pages

256

Sections 12 ("Town & Country", "The Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism", "The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Sports", "The Good & The Bad", "Disasters", "Culture & Learning", "Music" and "Stage, Screen & Broadcasting")
Dimensions 111/5 x 8¾ inches (284x222 mm)
Copyright 1997 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 1996 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer Eurolitho, Italy
Notes:
  1. Sections revised and reduced in number once more.

 

1998 The Top 10 of Everything 1999

 

Edition

10

Publication Date

9th October 1998

Price New £12.99
ISBN 0-7513-0609-6

Pages

256

Sections 12 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "The Good & The Bad", "Disasters", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Stage, Screen & Broadcasting", "The Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sports & Games")
Dimensions 284 x 224 mm
Copyright 1998 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 1998 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer Eurolitho, Italy
Notes:
  1. Sections re-ordered since the previous edition.

  2. This edition contains additional features, such as "Snap Facts", "Then and Now" lists and "Anniversary Panels".

 

1999 The Top 10 of Everything 2000

 

Edition

11

Publication Date

October 1999

Price New £9.99
bb> 0-7513-0789-0

Pages

288

Sections 11 ("Millennium Milestones", "The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Stage & Screen", "The Commercial World", "On the Move" and "Sports")
Dimensions 11 x 8¾ inches (280x222 mm)
Copyright 1999 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 1999 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer Printer Industria Grafica, Barcelona
Notes:
  1. New section: "Millennium Milestones". "On the Move" replaces "Transport & Tourism", "The Good & The Bad" and "Disasters" sections removed.

  2. The author's introduction says, "Even after over a decade's involvement with The Top 10 of Everything, I remain enthusiastic and excited by it".

 

2000 The Top 10 of Everything 2001

Edition

12

Publication Date

September 2000

Price New £9.99
ISBN 0-7513-0468-9

Pages

288

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Stage & Screen", "The Commercial World", "On the Move" and "Sports")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 2000 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 9 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Printer L.Rex Printing Company Ltd, China
Notes:
  1. For the first time (apart from the removal of the "Millennium Milestones"), this edition's sections are unchanged from the previous one.

 

2001 The Top 10 of Everything 2002

Edition

13

Publication Date

17th September 2001

Price New £9.99
ISBN 0-7513-3393-X

Pages

288

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music & Musicians", "Stage & Screen", "Commerce & Industry", "On the Move" and "The Sporting World")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright 2001 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London. Text copyright 2001 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Printer Printer Industria Grafica, S.A., Barcelona, Spain
Notes:
  1. Minor changes to section titles only.

 

2002 The Top 10 of Everything 2003

Edition

14

Publication Date

5th September 2002

Price New £12.99
ISBN 0-7513-3883-4

Pages

288

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music & Musicians", "Stage & Screen", "Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sport & Leisure")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright 2002 Dorling Kindersley Limited. Text copyright 2002 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Printer GGP Media GmbH, Germany
Notes:
  1. Minor changes to section titles only.

 

2002 The Top 10 of Sport

Publication Date

5th September 2002

Price New £12.99
ISBN 0-7513-4642-X

Pages

288

Sections 13 ("Athletics", "Golf", "Boxing", "Tennis", "Football", "Cricket", "Rugby", "American Sports", "Motor Sports", "Olympics", "Water Sports", "Horse Racing" and "Other Sports")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright 2002 Dorling Kindersley Limited. Text copyright 2002 Russell Ash and Ian Morrison

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Printer Neografica, Slovakia

 

2003 The Top 10 of Everything 2004

Edition

15

Publication Date

4th September 2003

Price New £12.99
ISBN 1-4053-0052-3

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music & Musicians", "Stage & Screen", "Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sport & Leisure")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright 2003 Dorling Kindersley Limited. Text copyright 2003 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Printer GGP Media GmbH, Germany
Notes:
  1. No changes to the section titles in this edition!

  2. A "Book People/Ted Smart" variant of this edition was published with a dust-jacket.

 

2003 The Top 10 of Film

Publication Date

4th September 2003

Price New £12.99
ISBN 1-4053-0050-7

Pages

208

Sections 10 ("The Film Industry", "Box Office Hits & Misses", "The Stars", "Directors & Writers", "Film Genres" and "Awards, Polls, Bests, & Worsts")
Dimensions 283 x 225 mm
Copyright 2003 Dorling Kindersley Limited. Text copyright 2003 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Printer Neografia, Slovakia

 

2004 The Top 10 of Everything 2005

Edition

16

Publication Date

2nd September 2004

Price New £12.99
ISBN 1-4053-0406-5

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music & Musicians", "Stage & Screen", "Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sport & Leisure")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright 2004 Dorling Kindersley Limited. Text copyright 2004 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Printer GGP Media GmbH, Germany
Notes:
  1. A "Book People/Ted Smart" variant of this edition was published with a dust-jacket.

 

2005 The Top 10 of Everything 2006

Edition

17 (The Ultimate Book of Lists)

Publication Date

29th September 2005

Price New £12.99
ISBN 1-4053-1068-5

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Stage & Screen", "Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sport")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright 2005 Dorling Kindersley Limited. Text copyright 2005 Russell Ash.

Publisher

Dorling Kindersley Limited, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL

Printer GGP Media GmbH, Germany

 

2006 The Top 10 of Everything 2007

Edition

18

Publication Date

15th September 2006

Price New £14.99
ISBN 0-600-61532-4

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture", "Music", "Stage & Screen", "Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sport")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2006. Text copyright Russell Ash 2006.

Publisher

Hamlyn, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, 2-4 Heron Quays, London E14 4JP

Printer Printed and bound in China.
Notes:
  1. Minor changes to section titles.

 

2007 Top 10 of Everything 2008

Edition

19

Publication Date

15th September 2007

Price New £14.99
ISBN 0-600-61538-3

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture", "Music", "Stage & Screen", "The Commercial World", "Transport & Tourism" and "Sport & Leisure")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2007. Text copyright Russell Ash 2007.

Publisher

Hamlyn, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, 2-4 Heron Quays, London E14 4JP

Printer Printed and bound in China.
Notes:
  1. Minor changes to section titles.

  2. The official title now drops the first word "The", and is now "Top 10 of Everything".

 

2008 Top 10 for Men

Edition

1

Publication Date

15th May 2008

Price New £10
ISBN 978-0-600-61817-1

Pages

288

Dimensions 184 x 134 mm
Copyright Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2008. Text copyright Russell Ash 2008.

Publisher

Hamlyn, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, 2-4 Heron Quays, London E14 4JP

Printer Printed and bound in Dubai.

 

2008 Top 10 of Everything 2009

Edition

20

Publication Date

6th September 2008

Price New £14.99
ISBN 978-0-600-61739-6

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Entertainment", "The Commercial World", "On the Move" and "Sport & Leisure")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2009. Text copyright Russell Ash 2009.

Publisher

Hamlyn, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, 2-4 Heron Quays, London E14 4JP

Printer Printed and bound in China.
Notes:
  1. Minor changes to section titles.

 

2009 Top 10 of Britain

Edition

1

Publication Date

5th May 2009

Price New £10
ISBN 978-0-600-61921-5

Pages

304

Dimensions 184 x 134 mm
Copyright Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2009. Text copyright Russell Ash 2009.

Publisher

Hamlyn, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, 2-4 Heron Quays, London E14 4JP

Printer Printed and bound in China.

 

2009 Top 10 of Everything 2010

Edition

21

Publication Date

7th September 2009

Price New £14.99
ISBN 978-0-600-61742-6

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Entertainment", "The Commercial World", "On the Move" and "Sport & Leisure")
Dimensions 283 x 222 mm
Copyright Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2009. Text copyright Russell Ash 2009.

Publisher

Hamlyn, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, 2-4 Heron Quays, London E14 4JP

Printer Printed and bound in China.
Notes:
  1. The front cover houses an interactive DVD game.

 

2010 Top 10 of Everything 2011

Edition

22

Publication Date

15th September 2010

Price New £18.99
ISBN 978-0-600-61743-3

Pages

256

Sections 10 ("The Universe & The Earth", "Life on Earth", "The Human World", "Town & Country", "Culture & Learning", "Music", "Entertainment", "The Commercial World", "On the Move" and "Sport")
Dimensions 304 x 227 mm
Copyright Octopus Publishing Group Ltd 2010. Text copyright Russell Ash 2010.

Publisher

Hamlyn, a division of Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 8JY

Printer Printed and bound in China.