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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - The Book Club,

The Book Club, The Book Club re­turned last week to its orig­i­nal home on Tues­day nights as pop­u­lar as ever, and this sea­son cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary, rolling out for the next 11 weeks. Jen­nifer Byrne is once again joined by long-time club mem­bers, the in­ci­sive and entertaining Marieke Hardy and the au­thor­i­ta­tive Jason Ste­ger. This year also wel­comes a ro­ta­tion of reg­u­lar club favourites, in­clud­ing Michael Wil­liams, Michael Robotham, Adam Liaw, Vir­ginia Gay, Ben Law, Toni Jordan and Omar Musa. In ad­di­tion to the usual heated de­bate on the year’s lat­est releases, there’s break­ing lit­er­ary news, must-read clas­sics, the show’s best mo­ments from the vault, guest favourites and a con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sion of pub­lish­ing trends. The club has al­ways helped to ig­nite national con­ver­sa­tions about books and writ­ers, even if much of it is about the glam­our of huge ad­vances, overnight fame, movie deals, the de­ceit of pla­gia­rism and the no­tion of books as a mar­ket­ing phe­nom­e­non. These are book lovers with a fierce be­lief that the book is an en­dur­ing em­blem of their mu­tual fas­ci­na­tion with how and why things hap­pen, in a time des­per­ate for sto­ries. This week they present The Book That Changed My Life, fea­tur­ing a panel of Syd­ney Writ­ers Fes­ti­val in­ter­na­tional guests: best­selling au­thor Paula Hawkins ( The Girl On the Train), Bri­tish poet and mu­si­cian Kate Tem­pest ( The Bricks that Built the Houses), Man Booker Prizewin­ner Mar­lon James ( A Brief His­tory of Seven Killings) and Amer­i­can mem­oirist Vi­vian Gor­nick ( The Odd Woman and the City). And if you missed the an­nounce­ments com­ple­ment­ing The Book Club, the ABC Arts Chan­nel on iView re­cently launched Book­ish, a weekly pro­gram ex­plor­ing all as­pects of books, writ­ing, reading and pub­lish­ing hosted by co­me­dian and writer Jen­nifer Wong. Tues­day, 10pm, ABC

Jen­nifer Byrne, host of re­turns with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of high-cal­i­bre guests

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