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2 Out of 3 Britons Lie About Which Books They Read

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    LONDON -- Two out of three Britons have lied about reading books they
    have not, and George Orwell's "1984" tops the literary fib list,
    according to a survey published today.

    Commissioned by organizers of World Book Day, an annual celebration of
    reading in Britain, the study also shows that the author people really
    enjoy reading is J.K. Rowling, creator of the bestselling Harry Potter
    wizard series.

    According to the survey, 65 percent of people have pretended to have
    read books, and of those, 42 percent singled out "1984." Next on the
    list came "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy and in third place was James
    Joyce's "Ulysses."

    The Bible was in fourth position, and newly elected U.S. President
    Barack Obama's autobiography "Dreams from My Father" came ninth.

    Aside from a list of ten titles which respondents were asked to tick or
    leave blank, many admitted wrongly claiming they had read other
    "classics" including Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Herman Melville.

    Asked why they had lied about reading a book, the main reason was to
    impress the person they were speaking to.

    The study, carried out on the World Book Day website in January and
    February, surveyed 1,342 members of the public.