If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or dead, whom would it be? This is usually a question that comes up in general banter at the dinner table, but always draws a diverse mix of responses.
The chosen dinner dates can fall into one of five categories:
- Artists and performers
- Religious and spiritual figures
- Family or relatives
- World leaders
- Elite sports people and coaches
Usually decisions are based around some form of shared personal interest or involvement. For example, someone who has a keen interest in politics may have Malcolm Fraser for dinner, or a die had rugby league fan might have Wally Lewis. Other usual grounds also stem from curiosity to understand a particular era or to make sense of a certain figure’s life. Who is your ultimate dinner guest?
The most common answers typically include:
- Jane Austen
- Oscar Wilde
- Stephen King
- Kim Carey
- the Budda
- Martin Luther
- George Clooney
- Hugh Jackman
- John Howard
- Sir Donald Bradman
So if you could have anyone in the world for dinner, whom would it be and why?