Come dine with writers

I love to watch the show come dine with me ,shown here in the uk it involves four or five in old episodes people going a three course meal and then mark each other ,part the entertainment is the food and the other part is the chat ,well I thought what would be the best writers to do this with ?so I came up with three .

HARUKI MURAKAMI –sure later this year well all be Murakamied out with the challenge running but sure he would be a fascinating dinner guest how his mind work and maybe the chance of Japanese food would be great mix .also his taste in music isn’t half bad as well .

JAMES JOYCE – Joyce like Murarkami is a deep thinker and a complex guy with a wonderful way with words ,but I feel there would be loads of drink on his night as well the black stuff would flow and people relax and maybe eat some of the traditional Irish dishes I grew up eating when on holidays at my grans when young ,like soda bread mmm


winner 2010 sofi oksanen



SOFI OSKANNEN – She looks pretty and I ve never tasted Baltic cooking be interest what she’d make also ,sure she is also a passionate person to chat with that is one of the main things I got from Purge is her passion for the people she wrote about .



18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mar Dixon
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 22:09:03

    Mark Twain to see what he thinks of all this hype over the N word.
    Edgar Allen Poe – to ask him if he was depressed, alcoholic or both
    Charles Dickens – just to sit near the man.


  2. The Book Whisperer
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 22:14:58

    What a great post, Stu!

    Ooh, now then, I need to think about this. OK, I would go with Charlotte Bronte as she is from Yorkshire like me so she would do some hearty food and I also suspect that she would be a bit fiesty and have some great opinions. Also, Jung Chang who wrote Wild Swans as I adore Chinese food and I would love to chat with her about her experience during the cultural revolution. Finally, James Herriot (or real name Jim Wright) – although he is know for being from Yorkshrie too he was actually Scottish so he could make neeps and tatties and tell me loads of hillarious animal stories! 🙂


    • winstonsdad
      Jan 07, 2011 @ 22:19:25

      hat great choices boof ,I was up near where heriot practised with work last on a hoilday ,use enjoy the tv show ,charlotte bronte be great so talented at such a young age ,all the best stu


  3. Heather
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 22:46:57

    Interesting proposal. I’d invite: Drew Hayden Taylo, Canadian First Nations author, he’s a funny guy and would keep us in stitches.

    Dean Koontz. I have read a bunch of his books and absolutely love the character Odd Thomas. (american)

    Luis Alberto Urrea author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter. wow, this was an amazing book and now he has the follow-up coming out. Mexican

    This would be a varied set of back grounds and styles of books: humorous outlook, scary stuff, and historical.


  4. Claire (Paperback Reader)
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 00:08:17

    Fantastic post, Stu! A dinner party I have fantasised for along time would have Angela Carter for the witty banter, Virginia Woolf for the intellectually stimulating conversation and Colette for the entertainment and to play off the other two.


  5. Lisa Hill
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 07:00:38

    I want Graham Greene because he’s so widely travelled, Shirley Hazzard because she’s wise and witty, and for my gorgeous young man choice I want David Mitchell.


  6. Kevin Faulkner
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 13:13:55

    That’s an amusing thought of yours Stu to place famous writers dining together! Imagine a table where Joyce, Faulkner and Beckett drinking heavily, sat facing the prim vegetarian Virginia Woolf, the flower-allergic Proust and the hunger-artist Kafka ! Pandemonium!


    • winstonsdad
      Jan 10, 2011 @ 17:28:22

      Now Kevin that would be fun the pale fragile Proust with the hard drinking irish men can imagine joyce and beckett talking in french just to annoy faulkner as he probably didn’t speak french ,all the best stu


  7. savidgereads
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 13:52:22

    Hahahaha what a brilliant idea. I am going to go with living authors and so my four would be… Margaret Atwood, Murakami, Ian McEwan and Susan Hill… think it would be quite the mix.


  8. Annabel
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 16:36:07

    A great idea. I’ll go with living authors too. Paul Auster as he’s my metafictional favourite; Christopher Brookmyre as his books are rude and funny; Sophie Hannah as she is such great fun in person. If I could have a fourth, it’d be Philip Pullman to stir things up a bit.


  9. parrish
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 17:49:17

    Bolano, to see what he’d say about the fuss around his novels now, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, for the poetry & the tales of his fellow beat poets & Lawrence Durrell, as he was a good raconteur.


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