2020 Season information

10 Great Books 2020 is now FULLY BOOKED.

Please note: From midnight on Tuesday 17 March, the University will close all museums and galleries due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All University events will also be postponed or cancelled. All 10 Great Books ticket-holders have been contacted regarding alternative arrangements for upcoming sessions. If you have any questions please get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

2020 dates

18 February Philip Roth, American Pastoral (1997) Professor Maxine McKew
17 March William Trevor, Fools of Fortune (1983) Professor Philomena Murray
21 April William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1602) Associate Professor David McInnis
26 May Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961) Professor Karen Farquharson
16 June Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859) Professor Peter McPhee
21 July Geoffrey Blainey, The Tyranny of Distance (1966) Professor Tom Griffiths
18 August Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (circa 340BCE) Professor Margaret Cameron
22 September Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003) Professor Glyn Davis
20 October Pramoedya Ananta Toer, This Earth of Mankind (1980) Professor Vedi Hadiz
17 November Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925) Associate Professor Heather Benbow

Session schedule

All sessions run Tuesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

6.30pm-7.30pm Main presentation
7.30pm-7.45pm Break with refreshments
7.45pm-8.30pm Audience discussion


2020 Season Pass - SOLD OUT

For ticketing terms and conditions please visit our Frequently asked questions web page.

Purchasing the texts

Each year, the Faculty of Arts partners with Readings bookstore to create an online booklist where you can easily purchase copies of our chosen texts. To access the 10 Great Books 2020 online booklist, please visit the Readings website.


The Forum Theatre
Level 1, Arts West (Building 148)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville 3010

The Forum is an intimate lecture theatre seating 150. Its in-the-round layout and state-of-the-art acoustics are specifically designed to facilitate discussion and interaction between audience and speaker.

More information


Ellie Clay, Public Programs and Events Coordinator
Email: Ellie.Clay@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 2543

For more information on Community Education programs visit our Frequently asked questions web page.