Faster than a speeding…writer. Call the Babu a philistine, but he finds it hard to understand why anyone, let alone a group of 40 German authors, would want to set a record on World Book Day for “conceiving, writing and publishing” a book in 12 hours. Previous records for the fastest book ever written or published have included works such as Miracle on Ice (New York Times staff, 46 and a half hours), Life of Parnell (T P O’Connor, five days) and Strike Zion (William Stevenson, less than twenty days from the beginning of writing to publication). The Babu notes that these works, for all their virtues, have never been examples of deathless prose.