England is suffering from a “worrying cultural divide” with poor adults much less likely to read books than their richer neighbours, a report says.
The country is divided into two nations, those who read weekly or daily, and those who prefer TV and DVDs, it says.
It finds key links between an individual’s social background and how likely they are to read.
The research, from charity Booktrust, is based on a survey of 1,500 adults.
The study found that on average, the richer someone’s background, the more likely they are to read.
Meanwhile a higher proportion of people from poorer backgrounds admitted they never read.