Returning: The Book Club

The Book Club is returning to ABC for its eleventh year, but has been reduced to 8 episodes, down from 13 in 2016.

Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger return with literary guests, ending with two Sydney Writers’ Festival specials, on Tuesday May 30 and June 6.

The premiere episode includes two special guests; crime writer and Gold Dagger winner Michael Robotham and feminist writer, broadcaster and public speaker, Clementine Ford whose debut Fight Like a Girl was voted number one in the program’s Top Five audience poll last year. The group will discuss Australian author Kathryn Heyman’s literary thriller Storm and Grace, before delving into J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

Guest panelists throughout the season include Omar Musa, C.S. Pacat, Adam Liaw, Zoe Norton Lodge and Michael Williams.

This year ABC Arts is also pleased to present Off the Page, a 20 x 5-minute ABC iview series exploring the art of words in all their forms – from authors to songwriters; the spoken word to the art of typography. The first four episodes will be published on ABC iview on 13 April, then the remaining 16 episodes will roll out fortnightly over the year.

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

Tuesdays at 10pm from April 18 on ABC.


  1. Going to 8 episodes they may as well just return it to once a month again, 7 episodes April to October and the Christmas Special in December. From 2012 onwards that’s what it was like with 6 episodes March to August and then the Christmas special, fair enough doing it different last year for the 10th anniversary but it needs time to breath between shows.

  2. Surely this show is as cheap as chips to make? Whilst it may seem a little smug as times, I would like it to get a full, year long season. Even last year’s 13 episode season was too short to cover any real range of new literature. Eight episodes is even worse.

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