The Book Club

The Book Club

The Book Club

The Book Club returns for 2015 in a brand new timeslot on a brand new day. What began as The First Tuesday Book Club will now be essential viewing for all book-lovers at 6pm on the first Sunday of each month.


To celebrate this exciting move, The Book Club will be introducing new elements to the show. We want to hear from our loyal audience so we'll be hitting the streets, libraries, book events and writers' festivals to find out what our viewers are reading. We'll also be bringing you the latest from the world of literature and will include a viewers' video question or comment from The Book Club website (via a new video upload feature) to get the panel's conversation started on the Classic of the Month segment.


The first new look The Book Club airs on Sunday, 1 March at 6pm on ABC and will be recorded at the Perth Writers' Festival. 


Joining Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger will be international Festival guests Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things) and John Lanchester (How to Speak About Money; Capital; The Debt to Pleasure). 


On the reading list is Australian writer James Bradley's new quietly hopeful dystopian novel, Clade and Elizabeth Gilbert brings along her classic pick, British novelist Barbara Trapido's delightful 1982 coming-of-age debut, Brother of the More Famous Jack.


Tune in on the first Sunday of each month for your book fix - now with added input from our beloved The Book Club audience.


The Book Club is produced by ABC TV. Series Producer: Amber Ma; Executive Producer: Jo Chichester; Head ABC Arts: Kath Earle.


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About The Guests:


Elizabeth Gilbert is an American author, essayist, TED talker, and memoirist best known for her 2006 Eat, Pray, Love,  her follow up 2010 memoir about her ambivalence to marriage Committed, and her novels Stern Men (2002) and most recently The Signature of All Things (2013). She is also a longtime magazine writer, whose many articles cover music and politics, and include a piece about her stint as a bartender at the infamous Coyote Ugly Saloon. 


John Lanchester is a British novelist, journalist and a Con<tributing Editor of the London Review of Books. His novels include The Debt to Pleasure (1996) which won the Whitbread Book Award for a first novel, Fragrant Harbour (2002) set in Hong Kong in the 1980s, and Capital (2012). His non-fiction ranges from the personal family history of Family Romance (2007) to last year's entertaining guide to the language of finance How to Speak About Money: What the Money People Say"And What It Really Means.