As kids, we’re told, time and again, that lying is wrong. Do you believe that’s always true? In your book, are there any exceptions?
In my book if I told you ‘I have never told a lie’, that would be lying.
I remember when I used to write for a certain magazine, I was asked to review a book of my choice. I chose a book called ‘Inner Space’, and next to self-help text were pictures of various ‘yogis’. This is the sort of stuff that I run a mile from everyday, but for this magazine, I thought it suitable. Anyhow I turned in the review having barely read the book, which for me constitutes a lie, especially as I did the same later, for a second book on cooking, written by a colleague, and having skimmed and pulled out a few quotes, I turned in a review that befitted a nobel prize winner.
Dishonesty or lies, I feel ashamed to this day, to not have kept my integrity, especially as the magazine has now disbanded, and I have no further involvement.