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The Book Show (2006-2016) was an Australian ABC radio program for the discussion of everything relating to the written word. It was broadcast live around Australia on Radio National with a daily weekday morning show, replayed nightly. The show was hosted by Ramona Koval and featured experts from various literary fields. It was the world's only daily radio program devoted to books, writing and publishing. The show featured interviews with Salman Rushdie[2] and Ursula K. Le Guin.[3] Some pages relating to this original program series named The Book Show may be viewed on some archived web pages, but the programs are no longer accessible.[4]

The Book Show
GenreBook discussion show
Running time1 hour
Country of originAustralia
Home stationRadio National
SyndicatesAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Hosted byRamona Koval
Produced byMichael Shirrefs
Sarah L'Estrange
Executive producer(s)Liz Gray
Original release2006 – 20 January 2012[1]

In 2019, a new weekly program with the same name was launched, broadcast on Radio National on Monday mornings, repeated twice during the week and available online, with Claire Nichols as host. Its focus is on "in-depth literary interviews as well as news and analysis about the publishing industry.", with a special focus on fiction. This took over from The Hub on Books, which finished in 2018.[5]


The daily program explored the many worlds in which readers and writers, publishers and booksellers, playwrights and lyricists, bloggers and journalists, book illustrators and type designers are all working with words and the medium of language.

Presenter and producersEdit

It was hosted by Ramona Koval who won the Order of Australia Media Award in 1995. She is well known for her extended and in-depth interviews with significant writers and has a long and varied career on radio. The show was produced by Michael Shirrefs and Sarah L'Estrange. The Executive Producer was Liz Gray.

Contributor panelEdit


  1. ^ Archived page
  2. ^ "Salman Rushdie's enchantress", The Book Show, 27 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Ursula K. Le Guin", The Book Show, 4 May 2008.
  4. ^ "The Book Show". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012.
  5. ^ "The Book Show". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. ^ Biblio India
  7. ^ Asia Literary Review

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