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Most of us squirm when we’re asked to big ourselves up, yet we seem to love a whopper-telling chancer, as our reaction to the AJ Finn literary scandal shows

10th February, 2019
AJ Finn aka Dan Mallory: an accomplished writer whose own life resembles a complicated work of fiction Pic: REX

We all feel like charlatans sometimes, don’t we? I’ve often thought to myself that this particular sensation is at its worst when we’re in a job interview situation, where we’re expected to deliver good tidings of ourselves and instead we find ourselves stumbling. Here we are, expected to big ourselves up – but we’re Irish, and bigging ourselves up is not part of the programme for many of us, raised on a diet of Catholic...

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