A Curious Invitation by Suzette Field

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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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Suzette Field was born in 1978 in Los Angeles. One of her earliest memories is sitting on Michael Jacksonās lap in his studio while he was recording Thriller. In 1996 she moved to London where she ran a cinema in a converted warehouse. Since 2000 she has organized parties under the auspices of The Modern Times Club and latterly The Last Tuesday Society. The Societyās legendary sĆ©ances, crying parties and masked balls now regularly attract 3,000 revellers. Suzette also has a curios shop, gallery and museum in Hackney. She lives in Muswell Hill, North London, and has two children.
Published January 1, 2012 by Picador (An Imprint of Pan Macmillan Ltd.). 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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