Only is Caroline Baum’s fascinating and moving memoir about being an only child in a very unusual family. As well as sharing the story of her unconventional childhood, Caroline explores what it means to be the daughter of people damaged by trauma and tragedy. Secrets are revealed and differences are settled in what Elizabeth Gilbert describes as ‘An unflinchingly honest exploration of what it takes to be a good daughter, with a heartmelting scoop of ice cream’. 

Caroline Baum (Australian)

Caroline Baum

Caroline is the author of Only: A Singular Memoir about being an only child, published in 2017. Her life-writing has also appeared in several anthologies including My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent, and Rebellious Daughters. Life Sentences, her podcast about the practice of contemporary biography is available on all major platforms. Caroline is the winner of the 2015 Hazel Rowley Award, and her journalism has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, and The Guardian. Caroline is the Ambassador for the Older Women’s Network in NSW.

Charlotte Wood (Australian)

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. Her latest book is The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life. Her latest novel, The Weekend, was shortlisted for several prizes including the Stella Prize and the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction. She won both those prizes, among others, for her 2016 novel The Natural Way of Things. She was made a member of the Order of Australia for 'significant services to literature' in 2019.