Would They Lie to You?: How to Spin Friends and Manipulate People
By: Robert Hutton
Shortlisted for Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year at The Paddy Power Political Book Awards
As seen on The Daily Politics, BBC2
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Revealing the subtle art of ‘uncommunication’, Would They Lie to You? is a treasure trove of the vital life skills that you need to make your way in the world. They all involve one ingredient: the art of not saying what you mean. It’s not exactly lying, but it’s not quite telling the truth . . .
In Romps, Tots and Boffins, Robert Hutton brilliantly ‘laid bare’ the true meanings of the words we read in the papers. Following popular demand, he now turns his razor-sharp eye to the best, worst and most outlandish examples of waffle, fudging, obscurity, blame-shifting and point-scoring.
In areas from politics to sports, academia, religion and self-help, it seems that glory, money and power flow far more freely to those who sidestep bald, ugly realities.
You can steer a truck through the gap between a lie and the simple truth. This book tells you how to load the truck.
Hutton’s ‘translations’ from what people say to what they mean are ten-chuckles-a-minute
- Matthew Parris, from the foreword
The irresistible vade mecum of every prangmeister and cock-up artist.
- Boris Johnson, Tory MP and former Mayor of London
a stocking-fillerish contribution for the political nerd in your life
- Helen Lewis, Guardian's best political books of the year
- Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail
Confused? Of course you are. You’re supposed to be. But help is at hand: Hutton’s handbook cracks the everyday code of the euphemisms, evasions, avoidances and ambiguities that say less than they mean and mean the reverse of what they say
- Iain Finlayson, The Times