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Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community and the Meaning of Generosity (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community and the Meaning of Generosity (MP3)
Written by:
Priya Basil 
Read by:
Priya Basil 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
3 hours 51 minutes 
MP3 size:
162 MB 
November 07 2019 
Available Date:
November 07 2019 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Current Affairs & Politics 
Bolinda/Canongate audio 
Bolinda price
NZD$ 34.95
NZD$ 34.95

A meditation on the meaning and limits of hospitality today, from the shortlisted author of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

The dinner table, among friends, is where the best conversations take place – talk about the world, religion, politics, culture, love and cooking. In the same way, Be My Guest is a conversation about all these things, mediated through the sharing of food. We live in a world where some have too much and others not enough, where migrants and refugees are both welcomed and vilified, and where most of us spend less and less time cooking and eating together. Priya Basil explores the meaning and limits of hospitality today, and in doing so she invites us to consider that how much we have in common may depend on what we are willing to share.

'Be My Guest offers a rare combination of intellectual sophistication and emotional warmth. I enjoyed it very much.'
Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall

'An intimate, delicious and thought-provoking story, told with warmth, humour and generosity.'
Nigel Slater

‘A brave and beautiful exploration into food, race, memory and the very meaning of life. I read it greedily – and so will you.’
Meera Sodha, author of Fresh India