I thought this was such a good idea for a book, a nice spin on the Ideal Dinner Guest game.
In places its done well, Plath, Woolfe, Parker and Dickinson are probably the stand out chapters.
However due to the book’s premise the chapters can feel a bit formulaic (it may be better to just read 1 or 2 at a time) and some read as if the authors weren’t sure whether they were writing a creative short story, interview or fact sheet. Sadly this means that at times it fails to be any of the three.
The chapters don’t go into much depth with the authors works and lives but are written with a certain amount of wit and have tempted me to check out some of the writers I haven’t come across previously.
Based on that fact I’d have to say the book is a success and was well worth reading but I’m left with the niggling feeling of disappointment that it wasn’t done better.