10:15pm – Tuesday, June 26 on ABC1
Tonight Jennifer Byrne is looking at a unique category of books – books so powerful and so persuasive that they actually changed the fabric of our world.
These are books that seeded ideas, fired debate and often provoked fierce resistance. They are books which could not be ignored, and their influence remains with us today.
Four guest panellists, from four very different backgrounds, join Jennifer to discuss the books they see as landmarks in their various fields.
Danielle Clode began her career in politics and psychology, before receiving a Rhodes Scholarship and switching to zoology to complete her doctorate. Science and natural history are her big subjects now and the latest of her six books is A Future In Flames.
Mark Carnegie grew up wanting to be a marine biologist but became a venture capitalist instead. He has spent the last 25 years as investor and corporate adviser in New York, London and Sydney, and really annoyed some of his fellow bizoids last year by arguing the rich should pay more tax.
Geoff Dyer is a critically acclaimed journalist, essayist and author who has been described as ‘possibly the best living writer in Britain’. He’s an Oxford graduate but claims his ‘quality of study was much higher’ while living on the dole in Brixton in the early eighties.
Christine Wallace is one of Australia’s leading political journalists, publisher of a daily blog Breakfast Politics and a notable biographer of, among others, John Hewson and Germaine Greer.