I once said on the radio that I had grown up in a house without books and my father happened to hear the programme and he phoned me to say I was a liar.
‘We did have a book,’ he said. ‘I remember it. It was green. It sat on top of the fridge for ages.’
‘That was the Kilmarnock Telephone Directory,’ I said, ‘which doesn’t count as a proper book.’
Andrew O’Hagan (2013): Can You Make an Artist?, Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 20:1, 29-33