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We’re shaped by what we read; at home, in our world views and in our careers. In this series the Wheeler Centre and ABC Radio National’s ‘The Book Show’ aim to uncover those links between work and words.

Presented and chaired by acclaimed broadcaster Ramona Koval, the discussions will feature high-profile professionals talking about the books that have been important to them and have influenced their profession.



Douglas Hilton

Professor Douglas Hilton is a professor of medical biology. Professor Douglas Hilton is the 6th director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in its 95-year history. He is also Research Professor of Medical Biology and Head of the Department of Medical Biology at Melbourne University. In recent ye... Read more

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster is Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Physics at Melbourne University. Rachel Webster has established an internationally-renowned astrophysics research group and became the second female professor of physics in Australia. She was included on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women ... Read more

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is a scientist, an explorer, a conservationist and a leading writer on climate change. He has held various academic positions including visiting Professor in Evolutionary and Organismic Biology at Harvard University, Director of the South Australian Museum, Principal Research Scientist ... Read more


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