Ladies and Gentlemen we have found a philosopher for our dinner party. The father of Western philosophy Socrates joins Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen and Stephen Fry at our table. Your wisdom, voters, is, as always, first class.
But there is still work to be done, for one seat remains. Remember, I want particular kinds of guests. I want variety. I want spice. I want argument and passion. The perfect roll call for a dinner party. Here is my guest list, with one position left.
Today I need you choose the last guest – The Chef. While this is a meeting of some of the greatest minds in literary history, it is also a dinner after all. So let’s treat ourselves to not only a chef but also someone who, after the dishes are taken away, can pull up a chair and join in the conversation. And as the vino flows tell us their tales from the kitchen and beyond.
I’ve got a long list of people in mind, but I need your help to narrow it down. You can do this by voting in the poll below.
You can also suggest anyone I might have left off the list that you think fits the bill.
Since this is the last seat to fill, by the time voting closes tomorrow we’ll be able to unveil The Ultimate Literary Dinner Party Guest List, as voted by you!
And next week I’ll give you a full report on how it went and the influences of these great figures, along with those who had been influenced by them.
About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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