TIMES ONLINE, OCTOBER 8, 2019
COVERAGE FOR SKY ARTS
Tales of our reading edge into fiction
We are, it seems to perhaps muted surprise, a nation of fibbers. Especially when it comes to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the Bible.
A study has found that more than half of the nation have pretended to others that they have read a particular book.
Nearly 40 per cent of the “literary liars” said they had done so to join in a conversation, while over 30 per cent admitted it was to seem more intelligent.
When challenged about details, just under 20 per cent of the deceivers fell back on memories of a television or film adaptation while 5 per cent feigned a coughing fit to change the subject.
“We say we are a nation of readers but it turns out we’re…