Host Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by author and screenwriter Benjamin Law, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams, in the Book Club's one-hour end-of-year special, Five Of The Best 2017, to celebrate and discuss standout 2017 reads.
As the series comes to an end, it's time to celebrate a year of great reads… and to look be back through the archive at 11 years of Book Club guests, disputes, funny moments and in-depth reviews.
Jennifer's choice is the long-awaited The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman; Jason has chosen The Restorer by Australian author Michael Sala, and set at the time of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake; Marieke looks to her unofficial life coach, Robert Dessaix, for The Pleasures of Leisure. Benjamin brings Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge; and rounding out the list Michael recommends is the Man Booker Prize-nominated Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie.
We'll also discover what other enthusiastic readers – children and booksellers – picked as their top books of 2017; and the big reveal -The Book Club's Audience Poll winners – your Five Of The Best.
Plus, Jimmy Barnes will perform live in the studio his emotive classic, Flame Trees.