The Book Show

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The Book Show
Genre Book Discussion Show
Running time 1 hour
Country Australia
Language(s) English
Home station Radio National
Syndicates Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Hosted by Ramona Koval
Produced by Michael Shirrefs
Sarah L'Estrange
Executive producer(s) Liz Gray
Air dates since 2006

The Book Show 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, which was then replayed nightly and also had a Sunday evening show. The show was hosted by Ramona Koval and featured a host of experts from various literary fields. The Book Show was created in 2006 and was the world's only daily radio program devoted to books, writing and publishing. The show featured interviews such as with Salman Rushdie[1] and Ursula K. Le Guin.[2]

Now, The Book Show is an archived program that is no longer broadcast.[3]


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 producers[edit]

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 panel[edit]


  1. ^ "Salman Rushdie's enchantress", The Book Show, 27 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Ursula K. Le Guin", The Book Show, 4 May 2008.
  3. ^ "The Book Show", ABC.
  4. ^ Biblio India
  5. ^ Asia Literary Review

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