Renowned author Nick Hornby has suggested using reverse psychology as a way of getting boys interested in books.
Telling boys that they should not read books could be an effective way of promoting reading, he suggested, as this is a technique he used with his own son, telling him a book was 'highly inappropriate' to keep him engaged with it, the Telegraph reports.
Mr Hornby said: "I used to be a teacher, and I know how difficult it is to strike a balance between focused conversation and an atmosphere that prevents creativity and thought."
He added that he told his son that Sherman Alexie's young adult novel 'The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian' was one of the most banned books in America, with the result that he raced through it.
Mr Hornby is set to participate in a panel discussion about his writing process and how to encourage children to read and write within the first worldwide gathering of writing centres taking place in London.
Posted by Theo Foulds