For years Kate Grenville knew that synthetic fragrances gave her headaches, but thought she must be the only one with the problem. She was startled to find that one person in three gets headaches, breathing problems or nausea from fragrance. And no wonder – even the fragrance industry admits that some of its products are irritants, allergens, carcinogens or hormone disrupters. The acclaimed author of The Secret River has delved into the science behind fragrance to write an accessible and personal book that will make you think about the artificial scents that surround us every day. In conversation with Caroline Baum.

Please note: We ask all attendees to please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and other fragrances for the comfort of others at this event.

Kate Grenville (Australian)

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Her latest novel, A Room Made of Leaves, is a national bestseller, and her debut novel, Lilian’s Story, is being re-released this year with an introduction written by Toni Collette.

Caroline Baum (Australian)

Caroline Baum

Journalist Caroline Baum is the author of Only: A Singular Memoir, and in April 2021 she launches her new podcast, Life Sentences, about contemporary biography. She is the Ambassador for the Older Womens Network (NSW) and a winner of the Hazel Rowley Fellowship. She lives on the South Coast of NSW.