After 11 years, The Book Club will air its final episode on the ABC.
It wasn't an easy decision to end the show but for host Jennifer Byrne the time had come to reclaim her relationship with books.
"In the last couple of years, when it was a weekly show, it changed my relationship with books a bit. I started feeling less like a loving reader and more like a winnowing machine," Byrne said.
"You have to go through so many books to find the one that you wanted, that would provoke conversation and be lively and inspire people, and shock people, and I just thought after a couple of years of that, that the process started dominating the product and I just thought it was a good time."
Looking back on the show's beginnings, Byrne says they were striving to do something different from the get-go.
"The thing we got quite early was that a lot of the book shows had been about writing and, while we did interviews with writers, the core thing that people would share was just the reading. So this was the way to go, to talk about the love of reading, so that became the touchstone for the rest of the show, that we chose books that we as readers could talk about and get connected with," she said.
For the final show, Byrne will be joined by regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, along with author Benjamin Law and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams.
"Over the years people started to be on team Jen, or team Jason, or team Marieke, and it was alive. There was a rule that Marieke was very insistent that we keep, that we don't talk about the books in the green room before so what you saw on telly was what was actually happening. That's why so many of the arguments turned really fierce," she said.
The team spent months putting together the last episode, and hired a dedicated person to trawl though every episode to pull out some of the best discussions.
"What you'll see are segments which are about the books we fought about, and there are segments about the books that made us laugh," she said.
"And there was a beautiful moment where Luke Davies, the great Australian writer says 'This isn't a book, this is life' and I think we were all choked up. It was like 'This is what we're here for, this is the point'. In the end, we found books during this 11 years that were powerful, and moving and there were tears."
*The Book Club Christmas Special airs on Tuesday December 19 at 8.30PM (AEDT) on ABC and iview