3abr v2The Apollo Bay Book Show


'All The Light We Cannot See' and Other Books

Episode 1 - 24 May 2016

Bryan Dwyer discusses All The Light We Cannot See and other books with Lee Kelly, Megan Harrison, Monique Gilham and Marion Bakker.


Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

Episode 2 - 31 May 2016

Lee Kelly, Deb Bradfield and Megan Harrison discuss Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels - My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, The Story of The Lost Child.

Lyn Halloran talks about new releases available at Galapagos Books.

Next on The Book Show - Sebastian Faulks, Where My Heart Used To Beat


Young Adult Fiction and Sebastian Faulks' Where My Heart Used to Beat

Episode 3 - 7 June 2016

Monique Gilham reviews Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, Claire Furniss' How Not To Disappear, Daniel Herborn's You're The Kind Of Girl I Write Songs About and Until Friday Night by Abby Glines. That may be a world record for the number of books reviewed by one person on a radio show! Lyn Halloran from Galapagos Books discusses titles for Younger Readers. Lee Kelly, Bryan Dwyer and Megan Harrison offer different perspectives on Sebastian Faulks' tale of loss and grief Where My Heart Used To Beat. Next week John Smith introduces Historical Fiction.


Historical Fiction

Episode 4 - 14 June 2016

John, Lee and Megan discuss what makes an historical novel, favourite authors and series. Monique reviews young adult fiction.

Next week - John Banville's The Untouchable with Deb, Cathy and Bryan.


Decadence, Treachery, Elegance and Snobbery - the Cambridge spies revealed in John Banville’s 'The Untouchable'

Episode 5 - 21 June 2016

Deb Bradfield and Cathy Donovan review The Untouchable, a tale of treachery. Lyn Halloran recommends - Bushmore's Dark Secret by Peter Edwards, Anna Hope's The Ballroom and The Dry by Jane Harper. Robyn Tidball tells us what kids are loving in the school library - Wendy Harmer's Fairy series; The Ella Diaries by Meredith Costain; Andy Griffiths' Treehouse series, and the dystopia genre - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Reboot and Rebel by Amy Tintera and Lizzie Wilcock's Extinction. Presented by Bryan Dwyer.

On June 28 we preview the Apollo Bay Writers' Festival (July 30 and 31st) with Pete Mawhinney.


Apollo Bay Writers Festival Preview

Episode 6 - 28 June 2016

Pete Mawhinney previews the Writers Festival, including Warm Winter Words, on July 30th and 31st. Bryan reviews Siri Hustvedt's What I Loved. Pete talks about Fiona Wright's Small Acts of Disappearance and Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.

Coming up on The Book Show - Toni Jordan's Our Tiny Useless Hearts; Science and scepticism; Anna Funder; the novels of Hemingway and the Crime genre.


Tim Flannery, Science Books and Fiction

Episode 7 - 5 July 2016

John Smith discusses Tim Flannery's The Eternal Frontier and The Weather Makers with Dennis Sharples and Allan Rampal. The lads also review Somerset Maughan's Of Human Bondage, The Green Road by Anne Enright and The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee.

Next week Deb Bradfield and Lee Kelly discuss their favourite classics. Bryan puts in an absentee vote for Jane Austen.


Favourite Classic Novels

Episode 8 - 12 July 2016

Deb Bradfield talks to Megan Harrison, Pete Mawhinney, Eleanor Rowland and Cathy Donovan about what they are currently reading and about their favorite classic novel. Titles include - The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw, Quack this Way by David Foster Wallace and Bryan Garner, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and The Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis.

Next week, the books of Anna Funder.


Anna Funder - Stasiland, All That I Am, The Girl With The Dogs

Episode 9 - 19 July 2016

Bryan Dwyer and Barb Birkett discuss Anna Funder's work and discover a common theme - taking responsibility for our choices. Also reviewed are - Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life and Niki Savva's Road To Ruin.

Next week The Book Show previews The Apollo Bay Writers' Festival and on 2nd of August we look at Toni Jordan's Our Tiny Useless Hearts.


Our Tiny Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan

Episode 10 - 2 August 2016

Toni Jordan talks about writing comedy. Bryan, Lyn, Megan and Lee review the Apollo Bay Writers' Festival. Lee reports on John Le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor and Bryan reveals How Proust Can Change Your Life according to Alain de Botton.


Isobelle Carmody on Writing

Episode 11 - 16 August 2016

Randall Fitzgerald and Lee Kelly discuss writing with the wonderful Isobelle Carmody. Cathy Donovan joins Lee and Bryan to discuss memoir, particularly Magda Szubanski's Reckoning and Lee Kofman's The Dangerous Bride.


Towards The Light - How Science Emerged From The Medieval Gloom

Episode 12 - 23 August 2016

Bryan Dwyer talks Science with Les Cameron and Dennis Sharples. How did the Enlightenment happen? How has it changed human existence? What is the role of Science in our post-industrial world? Megan Harrison and Deb Bradfield talk about Indian melodrama and graphic novels. It's all on Apollo Bay Radio's The Book Show.

Titles discussed - Towards The Light and The Age of Genius both by A C Grayling; The Sleepwalkers, Arthur Koestler; Einstein's Heroes by Robyn Arianrhod; Margaret Werthein's Pythagoras' Trousers; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Deadly Companions by Dorothy Crawford, Run Like You Stole Something by Damian Farrow, Justin Kemp, Brighter Than A Thousand Suns by Robert Jungk, Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra and Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine.


It's magic! The Magic Realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Harry Potter on stage!

Episode 13 - 30 August 2016

Bryan Dwyer, Lee Kelly and Megan Harrison discuss the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 100 Years of Solitude and Love in The Time of Cholera. Lee reviews Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.



Episode 14 - 6 September 2016

Lee Kelly and Bryan Dwyer discuss foul deeds. Monique reviews Young Adult fiction.

Cosy English puzzles, police procedurals, hard-boiled private investigators, gritty realism and true crime all come under investigation.


Is journalism objective? Should it be? Lee Kelly and Bryan Dwyer report on books by journalists

Episode 15 - 13 September 2016

Christopher Kremmer Inhaling the Mahatma and The Carpet Wars; Eric Campbell Absurdistan; Zoe Daniel Storyteller; Megan Stack Every Man In This Village is a Liar; Helen Garner The First Stone; John Sylvester and Andrew Rule Underbelly; Niki Savva The Road to Ruin and Bill Bryson Down Under. We also review Isabel Allende's The Japanese Lover and Emily Maguire's An Isolated Incident.

Next week - War stories with Dennis Sharples.


War Stories

Episode 16 - 20 September 2016

Dennis Sharples and Tony Webber join Bryan Dwyer to discuss writing about War, in fiction and non-fiction. Titles include - Regeneration by Pat Barker; Shower of Steel by Ernst Junger; Somme Mud by Edward Lynch, Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves, All Quiet On The Western Front by M. Remarque; Daybreak by Vance Palmer; Russell Bradden's The Naked Island, Hugh Lunn's One Crowded Hour and Charles Bean's Official History.


Australian Writing - Landscape and Identity

Episode 17 - 27 September 2016

Lee Kelly and Tony Webber join Bryan Dwyer to discuss some of their favourite Australian writing, particularly about the environment and identity - M Clarke, The Term of His Natural Life, the rivalry between Lawson's realism and Paterson's romanticism, David Malouf's exploration of people caught up in historical events; Norman Lindsay's "food and fighting" in The Magic Pudding, George Johnston's re-writing of The Anzac Legend in My Brother Jack, Tim Winton and Robert Drewe's affection for the Western Australian landscape in Cloudstreet and The Shark Net, The Road From Coorain by Jill Kerr Conway and M L Stedman's The Light Between The Oceans.

Coming up on The Book Show - the "coming of age" novel and masculinity in literature.


Growing Up - From Great Expectations to Harry Potter

Episode 18 - 4 October 2016

Deb Bradfield, Lee Kelly, Monique Gilham and Tony Webber join Bryan Dwyer to discuss the Bildungsroman. And the Western Bulldogs. Titles include -

Emma, Great Expectations, A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man, The Catcher In The Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Breath, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Black Swan Green, The Kite Runner, The Secret Life of Bees, Jasper Jones.

Deb also tells us about A Voyage for Madmen and Tony reports on Leading on the Edge and Cloud Atlas.


Combatting Ignorance - How To Improve Political Discussion - Ray Nichols

Seniors Week Talk - 6 October 2016

After a distinguished academic career, Ray Nichols is a regular speaker at Apollo Bay discussion groups and U3A seminars. In this talk, to mark Seniors' Week, Ray outlines the threat which ignorance poses to democracy as public disillusionment with mainstream politics across the developed world is comparable to the crisis of democracy in the 1930s.


Julian Burnside on Asylum Seekers

23 June 2016

Julian Burnside QC argues that the Australian Government policy on refugees is dishonest, financially irresponsible and contrary to the core Australian value of fairness. His address at the Richmond Town Hall on 23 June 2016 was recorded by Bryan Dwyer and is replayed on 3ABR with permission.


Atkinson and Proulx

Episode 19 - 11 October 2016

Deb Bradfield, Lee Kelly and Cathy Donovan discuss two of their favourite authors - Kate Atkinson and Annie Proulx. Titles include Annie Proulx's The Shipping News and her most recent novel Barkskins; Kate Atkinson's Behind The Scenes at the Museum and the Jackson Brodie series.


The Jane Austen Edition

Episode 20 - 18 October 2016

Bryan and Lee discuss the six Jane Austen novels and their various adaptations and spin-offs. If Malcolm Turnbull and Cori Bernardi were Jane Austen characters, who would they be?


All Things Kiwi

Episode 21 - 25 October 2016

Lee Kelly and Allan Rampal join Bryan Dwyer to talk about New Zealand generally and particularly the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize Winner Eleanor Catton's Luminaries. Set on the 19th Century goldfields, the novel is a crime thriller and a "western" saga written in the form and style of 19th Century realism.

The panel also discusses the American novel Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (thanks Deb Aird for the loan).

Next week we review John Banville's The Sea, the 2005 Booker winner with some reference to Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge and Water Under The Bridge by Sumner Locke Elliot.

Coming up on The Book Show, weekly at 5pm Tuesday - The Cookbook Show on December 6 and The Science Show on a date to be announced. Happy Reading!


Miss Gymkhana, R G Menzies and Me by Kathy Skelton

Episode 22 - 1 November 2016

Dick Lythgo reviews Kathy Skelton's memoir of growing up in Rosebud Miss Gymkhana, R G Menzies and Me. Deb Bradfield and Bryan Dwyer discuss John Banville's The Sea, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize. Tony Webber reviews the World War 1 drama The Bridge Over the River by Anonymous. The Science Book Show is on November 29th and Deb joins Lee Kelly and Cathy Donovan on December 6 to review Cookbooks.


Zena Lythgo Talks about Sisterworks

26 November 2016

Zena Lythgo talks about supporting refugee women to become financially independent.


Physics: A Brief History with Les Cameron

Episode 23 - 29 November 2016

Les joins Bryan Dwyer, Deb Bradfield and Tony Webber to discuss the history of Physics. Les provides a lucid account of Pythagoras, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Coulomb, Faraday, Maxwell, Planck, Curie, Einstein, Rutherford, Henrietta Swan Leavitt and others. Recommended Reading includes - Bryson, B A Short History of Nearly Everything, Grayling, A.C. Towards The Light, Werthein, M Pythagoras' Trousers , Arianrhod, R Einstein's Heroes, Cox, B, Wonders of The Universe. Les also recommends that you search for Physics on You-Tube. Next week - The Cookbook Show with Deb, Lee Kelly and Cathy Donovan.


The Plantagenets

Episode 24 - 4 January 2017

Bryan, Lee, Deb, John and MaryLou talk about Dan Jones' The Plantagenets and Y N Harari's Sapiens in the History edition of The Book Show. Other titles reviewed are - East West Street by Philipe Sands, Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese and Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.