Do you think you're the only one that skipped great works of English classic literature? Well, here's a little secret: even respectable authors didn't read 'em!
At the literary festival Ways With Words 2008, The Daily Telegraph asks established authors which books they are most embarrassed to admit they've never read:
During this year's Ways With Words festival at Dartington Hall, Devon, we would collar our guests and ask: what's the book you're most ashamed of never having read?
Would the eminent Cambridge classicist admit to The Iliad? Would V S Naipaul's old editor cop to A Bend In The River?
Or would the former schoolmate of a fellow guest confess - with apparent relish - to never having read a word his old friend has written?
So - 'fess up: what works of literature are you ashamed of never having read?