Literature's Greatest Parties

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Suzette Field, historian, writer and Tribune of the Last Tuesday Society, draws on her forthcoming book to talk about the perennial popularity of parties in literature, and their usefulness as a device for everything from social comment and satire to meetings and scenes of high drama. Great examples include the Duchess of Richmond's Ball in 'Vanity Fair and Lady Metroland's party in 'Vile Bodies' through to more surreal ones like Douglas Adams' flying party in 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Booking in advance is strongly advised.