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Maggie Alderson has a light touch, a well-sharpened wit and lots of heart. If The Scent of You were a fragrance, it would be a fresh floral perfume, with spicy undertones – and surprising depth. An aroma that lingers, pleasantly, leaving you keen for the next light-yet-heartfelt tale Alderson concocts.

It’s New Year’s Eve, and as recent empty-nester Polly reflects on the year just gone, she really doesn’t have much to complain about. Her perfume blog has been a success, her children have flown the coop – and her octogenarian mother is in fine fettle. There’s just one thing – and it’s a big one. Her husband David has disappeared on a six-month sabbatical under mysterious circumstances, leaving a Dear Jane letter that hands Polly more questions than answers.

As Polly tries to make sense of David’s sudden absence, she is drawn into a new life, rich in fresh scents – including perfumer Guy, brash yoga student Shirlee and an old flame, Edward, who might become a bright spot in Polly’s confusing new situation. But, as Polly grapples with both the possibilities and trials of her new circumstances, she begins to see that life can be sweet, despite the bitter undertones.

Alderson’s writing is sparklingly alive, her character’s flawed but loveable and Polly a voice you want to follow. The narrative is punctuated with ‘posts’ from Polly’s fictitious blog FragrantCloud.net – which give a little extra context to main themes of the story – using the lightly scented language of their scent-obsessed ‘author’. Themes such as motherhood: ‘My smells of a son are gummy sweeties, Play-Doh, Pritt Stick, poster paint and wax crayons… Fried onions and meat on the breath. Tomato ketchup.’ Or the transition of life after someone has left, the ‘scents of an ending’ – ‘the naphtha of boot polish, the petroleum reek of coal tar soap, the fresh wood of just-sharpened pencils…’Maggie Alderson-min

Scent is acknowledged as one of the strongest catalysts for sharp, unfiltered memory. And Alderson harnesses this nicely, in unfussy, stylish prose – with the kind of sharp economy of expression you can expect from a well-heeled journalist and editor­. Leading us, quite literally, by the nose, through this thoroughly satisfying tale.

Maggie Alderson is the author of nine novels and four collections of her columns from Fairfax’s Good Weekend magazine. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a journalist and columnist in the UK and Australia, editing several magazines, including British ELLE. She writes for the Sunday Age and maggiealderson.com.

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                      Publisher details

                      The Scent of You
                      Author
                      Maggie Alderson
                      Publisher
                      HarperCollins
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      27 March, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      On New Year's Eve, Polly Mackay is contemplating her life. She had been happily married with two grown-up children, a thriving business as a perfume blogger, and a glamorous, ageing, ex-model mother who keeps things ... interesting. But when her husband announced that he needed time away from her and promptly vanished, everything she took for granted was thrown into disarray.As Polly grapples with David's disappearance she clings to a few new friends to keep her going. Shirlee, the loud-mouthed yoga student; Guy, the mysterious, infuriating and hugely talented perfumer; and Edward, an old friend from university, who sparks a new sense of possibility ...But while she distracts herself with the heady world of luxury perfume, she can't keep reality at bay forever, and eventually she is forced to confront some difficult truths - about her husband, about herself, and about who she really wants to be. 
                      Maggie Alderson
                      About the author

                      Maggie Alderson

                      Maggie Alderson was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews.She has edited four magazines: British ELLE and ES in London, then Cleo (acting editor) and Mode in Sydney. She also worked on the Evening Standard and the Sydney Morning Herald. Her column in Good Weekend magazine has been running for over ten years and has been collected into three books.She has written five novels, and co-edited three books of short stories for the charity War Child. She has most recently co-edited an absolutely filthy book of rude stories, with her writer pals Kathy Lette, Jessica Adams and Imogen Edwards-Jones.She currently lives in Hastings Old Town on the south coast of England, with her husband and daughter.

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