A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction

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Since ancient times human beings have gathered together for social purposes. And since not very long after that writers have written about these occasions.

The party is a useful literary device, not only for social comment and satire, but as an occasion where characters can meet, fall in love, fall out or even get murdered.

A Curious Invitation features forty of the greatest fictional festivities. Some of these parties are depictions of real events, like the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball on the eve of battle with Napoleon in Thackeray’s Vanity Fair; others draw on the author’s experience of the society they lived in, such as Lady Metroland’s party in Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies; while yet others come straight from the writer’s bizarre imagination, like Douglas Adams’ flying party above an unknown planet from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Suzette Field offers you the chance to gatecrash these parties, spanning most of the history of human civilization, seen through the eyes of the world’s greatest writers.

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'Need a bit of entertaining inspiration? Take a page from a new book on the greatest gatherings that never were' Wall Street Journal

A Curious Invitation offers you the chance to gatecrash forty of literature's most memorable social events, from the decadence of ancient Rome at Trimalchio's banquet in The Satyricon, via the jazz age elegance of Jay Gatsby's Saturday night parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, to the trashy 1980s glamour of the Beverly Hills bash in Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives.

With full details of who was there, what they wore, what they ate and drank and what (and who) they talked about, A Curious Invitation provides you with inspiration from some of the world's greatest writers on how to host your own parties.

'It takes a book like Suzette Field's A Curious Invitation to remind us of the absolute centrality of social entertainment to the way in which a literary classic works its spell' D. J. Taylor, Daily Telegraph

'Suzette Field is a genuinely talented story teller. Her book possesses a playful lightness of touch, but is pregnant with fact and meaning. It is both amusing and informative' Dan Cruickshank, BBC television presenter and author

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Suzette Field was born in 1978 in Los Angeles. In 1996 she moved to London where she set up a cinema in a converted warehouse and renovated a five-storey Georgian building in Shoreditch. Since 2000 she has produced parties under the auspices of The Modern Times Club, The Last Tuesday Society and latterly A Curious Invitation. Her legendary masked balls now regularly attract up to 3,000 revellers. She also curates literary salons with the National Trust and organizes taxidermy workshops. She lives in Muswell Hill, North London, and has two children.

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