A THIRD Of You Are Lying About What You Read To Impress Other People

Come clean, Manchester

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We all like to look well-read and be thought of as intelligent - but it turns out almost a THIRD of Mancunians are lying about their book smarts.

A mammoth 32% of people in Manchester have revealed that they would stretch the truth when it comes to how much they’ve read - in order to impress other people.

Oh, Manchester.

Apparently we will stretch the truth when it comes to what, or how much we’ve read, with men being are the biggest culprits - lying about their reading habits in order to impress in a job interview, on a date, when meeting the in-laws and on social media profiles.

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The 18-24 year-old age group were most likely to fibbing about the number of books, or the kinds of books, they’ve read.

Predictably in our non-stop world, 54% of Mancunians who were questioned in a new survey said that they would like to read more than they currently do, while 37% of people here maintained that they are simply too busy to read more.

Around 30% of people in Manchester said that they would struggle to find a book they really like, while 34% of people here said they've turned to a book in times of stress, anxiety or illness.

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And if you don't know what's what, 21% of people in Manchester would read more if they received book recommendations from someone they knew.

The new research by The Reading Agency, commissioned to mark World Book Night on Sunday April 23, suggests we Mancunians, like the rest of the UK, are 'wannabe’ bookworms.

The Reading Agency is calling on book lovers across the country to give a great book to someone who doesn’t read often – in recognition of the challenges many people face when it comes to finding the right book.


These are the books we're most likely to claim to have read - when we've actually just seen the film...

  1. James Bond books, Ian Fleming
  2. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis
  4. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  6. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
  7. The Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum
  8. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  10. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  12. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  13. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

For a full list of World Book Night events being held in the North West this weekend, click here.

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