9781847080264   Product Code: 93699
'I never read a book I have to review,' Oscar Wilde said. 'It prejudices one so'. This disarmingly mischievous little volume argues that in this age of infinite publication, the cultivated person does not need to read books - understanding their place in our culture is enough. Drawing on examples from Montaigne to Graham Greene, it examines different types of non-reading, from skimming to total ignorance, and offers a sophisticated bluffer's guide to extricating oneself from embarrassment.