Well, it doesn't have to be a dinner party as such as I shouldn't think that very many people actually have dreams about dinner parties...but if you could draw up a guest list of any five people - living or dead - to spend an evening with, who would fill that list?
I'm going for:
- George Orwell - personal hero of mine whose experiences and ideas would be a joy to hear and discuss.
- Groucho Marx - you've got to have someone to provide the witticisms and anecdotes and I can think of few people better qualified.
- William Shakespeare - I wanted a guest from a far removed time and the greatest writer in the English language seems a sound choice.
- Stephen Fry - not quite in the same category of significance, granted, but I wanted someone contemporary and he's erudite, knowledgeable and funny so he'll do.
- Emeline Pankhurst - would be fascinating to hear her take on modern society and relate all her experiences. Also to stop it being quite such a sausage fest...
Others considered included Mark Twain, Tony Benn, Albert Einstein, John Lennon and, well, many many more.