Returning: The Book Club


The Book Club returns later this month to mark its 10th anniversary

It will again screen as a weekly show for twelve weeks, one episode less than last year, plus the annual special in December.

Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger return, this year welcoming regulars including Michael Williams, Michael Robotham, Adam Liaw, Virginia Gay, Ben Law, Toni Jordan, and Omar Musa. Author and blogger Rosie Waterland joins as the newest member of The Book Club.

The first Book Club of the season includes special guest, award-winning author Jeanette Winterson, who along with Virginia Gay, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, will discuss Australian author Dominic Smith’s historical fiction The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, before heading off to the wild and desolate moors of Emily Brontë’s gothic masterpiece Wuthering Heights.

On Tuesday, May 31 The Book Club presents Books That Changed My Life featuring a panel of Sydney Writers’ Festival international guests; best-selling author Paula Hawkins (Girl On A Train), British poet and musician Kate Tempest (The Bricks That Built The Houses), Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings), and American memoirist Vivian Gornick (the Odd Woman and the City).

In addition to heated debate on the year’s latest releases, audiences will be treated to breaking literary news, must-read classics, The Book Club’s best moments from the vault, guest favourites and publishing trends.

Complementing The Book Club, the ABC Arts Channel on iview launches Bookish on Tuesday, May 3. Bookish is a fun weekly program exploring all aspects of books, writing, reading and publishing hosted by ABC Arts newcomer, comedian and writer Jennifer Wong.

To get book lovers of all ages in the mood, Jennifer Byrne Presents: Andy Griffiths – an intimate interview with Australia’s best-selling author and kid’s book sensation, airs on Tuesday, May 17 at 10pm on ABC and iview.

The Book Club is produced by ABC TV. Series Producer: Marie Davies. Executive Producer: Jo Chichester. Head ABC TV Arts: Mandy Chang.

10pm Tuesday, May 24 on ABC.

One Comment:

  1. Personally I prefer the monthly show (with specials), as with the monthly show you get a chance to read the book they’re going to talk about the next month, shame they’ve gone to the weekly format, but ah well at least it is back.

    Also note though that there is a Jennifer Byrnes Presents on the week before (Tues May 17th) at 10pm with Andy Griffiths (source:

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