Two of three respondents to a British poll have lied about reading books they have not, and George Orwell's "1984" tops the literary fib list, according to results published Thursday. Commissioned by the 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. The main reason for lying given by the 1,342 people surveyed was to impress others. Those who lied have claimed to have read:
1. "1984" by George Orwell (42% of respondents).
2. "War and Peace," Leo Tolstoy (31%).