Would They Lie to You? How to Spin Friends and Manipulate People

Would They Lie to You? How to Spin Friends and Manipulate People
Hardcover, 144 pages
Size: 178x111mm
Publication date: 4 Sep 2014
List price: £9.99
ISBN: 9781783960088
eBook ISBN: 9781783960095
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As seen on The Daily Politics, BBC2

"Brutally funny" -- Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail

"The irresistible vade mecum of every prangmeister and cock-up artist." -- Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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What's the best way to steal credit and avoid blame?

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.


'a stocking-fillerish contribution for the political nerd in your life'--Helen Lewis, Guardian's best political books of the year

'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

'Superb. Rare to find so much wit and insight in just 146 pages' -- Andrew Sparrow, political blogger at The Guardian

'Darkly funny and expertly observed' -- Michael Deacon, parliamentary sketchwriter at The Telegraph

'Hutton's 'translations' from what people say to what they mean are ten-chuckles-a-minute' --Matthew Parris, from the foreword

Would They Lie to You? was selected for Stocking Filler Pick by https://www.politicos.co.uk

If you would like to hear more, the book is featured on BBC Radio 4 The Week in Westminster http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pr06t (broadcast on 22nd of November 2014)

Shortlisted for Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year at The Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015