Turin, Luca Perfumes: The A-Z Guide

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Perfumes: The A-Z Guide

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'I've long wished perfumery to be taken seriously as an art, and for scent critics to be as fierce as opera critics, and for the wearers of certain "fragrances" to be hissed in public, while others are cheered. This year has brought Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, which I breathed in, rather than read, in one delighted gulp.' Hilary Mantel, Guardian

Perfumes: The Guide is the culmination of Turin's lifelong obsession and rare scientific flair and Sanchez's stylish and devoted blogging about every scent that she's ever loved and loathed. Together they make a fine and utterly persuasive argument for the unrecognised craft of perfume-making. Perfume writing has certainly never been this honest, compelling or downright entertaining.

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It also features introductions to women's and men's fragrances, to trends and to history and chemistry; a glossary and many 'Top Ten' lists; and an informative section on frequently asked questions. A truly unique and useful guide, one written with a passion for its subject, and a perfect gift. SAMPLE EXTRACTS Chinatown (Bond. No. 9) ***** gourmand chypre The endearingly plucky firm of Bond No. 9 has produced its first masterpiece ... like a corner of a small French grocery in summer. A treasure in a beautiful bottle. Hugo (Hugo Boss) ** unexciting lavender Dull but competent ... suggestive of a day filled with strategy meetings. Gardenia (Chanel) * not gardenia ...a thoroughly unpleasant, loud airport-toilet floral.

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As scintillating as it is comprehensive...this pungent, entrancing book is a wake up call for the nostrils. ( The Independent 2009-10-30)

An unexpected classic of criticism (Philip Hensher Spectator (Books of the Year))

If you are at all interested in perfume, one of life's greatest sensual pleasures, this is an essential possession (David Sexton Evening Standard)

This husband-and-wife team has produced a work of perfume criticism that is as gripping as any thriller. (Jan Moir Daily Mail)

I loved it and bought it for all my friends. I have to say that this is certainly my favourite non-fiction book ever and is very likely my favourite book of all time! If I had to take only one book with me onto a desert island for an indefinite time, it would be this one. ( Joanne Harris - author of 'Chocolat' 2009-10-13)

The perfect gift for the scent addict in your life...witty and informative - and, occasionally, deliciously bitchy. ( The Times 2009-10-24)

Brilliant writing... I shall now spray on my favourite scents in quite a different frame of mind! (Joanna Trollope By email 2009-10-29)

hugely engrossing...the writing is brilliant...gorgeous. ( Evening Standard 2009-10-29)

Lyrical and acerbically witty compendium. ( The Times 2009-10-31)

From riotous one-liners to elaborate reviews, fragrance experts Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez have written an authoritative guide to the best and worst scents. ( Daily Express 2009-10-30)

It's a great book because it brilliantly combines technical knowledge with evocative, poetic and often laugh-out-loud-funny prose to provide incisive, vivid and honest criticism of all perfumes - from the 'staggeringly bad' to the 'deeply divine'.

If you want to open your mind to the intricacies of scent - and enjoy a brilliant, entertaining read along the way - I can't recommend it enough.

( Elle 2009-10-22)

consistently entertaining...scathingly inventive bitchiness. ( Sunday Business Post 2009-10-25)

astonishingly brilliant and witty companion to all things fragrant. ( Spectator 2009-11-07)

dazzlingly comprehensive compendium...the writing is the olfactory equivalent of mouthwatering. ( Observer 2009-11-15)

genuinely wonderful...the authors's sense of smell is amazing. ( Daily Telegraph 2009-11-14)

I was fascinated... a description of every perfume known to man, which sounds peculiar, but is mesmeric. (William Leith Evening Standard (Books of the year) 2009-11-19)

a staggeringly complete compilation of perfume reviews...ridiculously entertaining. ( Daily Mail 2009-11-20)

For any fragrance fanatic...an indispensable beauty bible. ( Norwich Evening News 2009-11-10)

Highly entertaining critique which had me both fascinated and laughing out loud in equal measure... addictive and informative. (Phyl Clarke Irish Times 2009-11-28)

It's scents-sational! (Rochelle Warner Fabulous.co.uk 2009-12-10)

A wise investment and an addictive read. (Gillian Nelis Sunday Business Post 2009-11-29)

The authors' evocative and vivid writing style convinces us that perfume isn't a science but an art. Never again will you be able to walk past a perfume counter with quite the same nonchalance... if you have a nose for a good book, buy this one. (Anita Sethi Independent on Sunday 2009-12-13)

They're funny, bizarre, weird, hilarious writers. (Alex Heminsley BBC Radio 2 2009-12-11)

It's an eau-de-must-have. If it came in a bottle we'd wear it. ( The City Weekly Magazine (Australia) 2010-06-17)

As riveting as a novel and as therapeutic as a recipe book. (Jan Masters Reader's Digest 2010-11-01)

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