On average they spend more time reading for pleasure than professions one would normally associate with the pastime, including teachers, MPs and journalists, a survey carried out for yesterday’s World Book Day revealed.
Accountants spend five and a half hours reading every week with their favourite authors being JRR Tolkien and Jane Austen.
They can be most commonly found reading in bed, on holiday or in the sitting room, and their favourite genres are contemporary fiction, the classics and crime fiction.
And proving that they are not such a dull lot, one in five accountants said they enjoyed reading humorous novels.
Only 3% said they enjoyed reading business books for pleasure, though it was still the highest response among all the professions.
Kieran Poynter, UK chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, said: ‘This just goes to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read about the reputation of accountants. The job can be a serious one, but the people who do it are just like those in any other profession. They come from all walks of life and have a wide range of interests, including, it seems, humorous literature. Long may it continue.’
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