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Gallagher: reading fiction is "a waste of time"

1 of 1 Noel: Only believe the truth
Noel: Only believe the truth

Over the years he's had a go at everyone from Blur to One Direction but now Noel Gallagher has rounded on a centuries old artistic tradition - literary fiction.

The High Flying Birds frontman had said that reading fiction is “a waste of f***ing time” and that he only wants to read about things that have actually happened.

In an interview with GQ magazine, the singer who is not known for his bookish influences, said: "I only read factual books. I can't think of . . . I mean, novels are just a waste of f***ing time. I can't suspend belief in reality . . . I just end up thinking, 'This isn't fucking true'."

Gallagher mentioned Ernest R May's book The Kennedy Tapes, an account of the White House during the Cuban missile crisis, as the kind of book he can get into.

"I'm reading this book at the minute . . . Thinking, 'Wow, this actually fucking happened, they came that close to blowing the world up!'"

Gallagher also claimed that "people who write and read and review books are f***ing putting themselves a tiny little bit above the rest of us who f***ing make records and write pathetic little songs for a living."

Gallagher revealed that he has dyslexia at the height of Oasis' fame and in 1996 he said: "Sometimes I give lyrics to Liam and the two key words of the sentence will be missing. When I gave him Don't Look Back In Anger, he's singing, ‘But don't back in anger, not today.’

"I'm saying, ‘It's Don't Look Back In Anger.’ He's saying, ‘Well, that's not what's f***ing written 'ere, chief.’"

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