The Guardian reported on a survey revealing which books people most often lie about having read. The number one most lied-about book is 1984 by George Orwell, followed by War and Peace and Great Expectations.
Have you ever lied about having read a book? I can't see many people lying about this sort of thing in a social situation. After all, there are so many books in the world I would never be particularly horrified by anyone not having read any one particular book. But perhaps the lying occurs in more formal situations. I know one of my school friends said he'd read War and Peace on his univeristy application form, when he hadn't. A risky strategy! I'm also sure that many people did not strictly read all our GCSE English texts from cover to cover. However, perhaps there are other reasons people feel the need to say they've read a certain book that I've failed to think of. Can you think of a good reason?
For the record I have actually read nine of the 10 most lied-about books - only A Passage to India has so far eluded me. It's up to you to decide whether or not I'm telling the truth... Take a look at the news article and tell me (truthfully!) how many you've read.