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The books that make liars out of us

On February 8, 2016

Which book are you most likely to lie about?

Following the popularity of War and Peace, the BBC commissioned a survey to find out which classics most readers lie about reading.

A quarter of those surveyed said they were prepared to lie about reading a classic. 17 per cent of readers were more likely to lie if the classic had been adapted for TV or feature film.

So, is War and Peace at the top of the list? No it is not; it does however make its way into the top five, sitting comfortably in fourth place.

The book that got the most votes for its ability to create liars of the reading public was Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland.

Take a look at the list of books that makes liars out of us.

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

1984 by George Orwell

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Diary Of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Fifty Shades trilogy by EL James

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger

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