It's hard to find a better read on perfume than this critical—and critically acclaimed—guide. Lifelong perfume fanatics Luca Turin (best known as the subject of Chandler Burr's The Emperor of Scent) and Tania Sanchez exalt, wisecrack, and scold through their reviews with passion, eloquence, and erudition, making this book a must-have for anyone looking for a brilliant fragrance—or just a brilliant read. You'll find yourself devouring descriptions of perfumes you've never smelled purely because the writing is that entertaining.
“Ravishingly entertaining” —The New Yorker
“Dazzlingly good” —Sunday Times (UK)
“Very likely my favorite book of all time” —Joanne Harris, author
“An essential possession” —Book of the Week, The Evening Standard (UK)
“I breathed in, rather than read, in one delighted gulp” —Hilary Mantel, author Wolf Hall
“Bigoted, snarling, monomaniacal, subjective, triumphalist, and quite magnificent” —Prospect (UK)
“Brash, opinionated, and wickedly funny” —Orlando Sentinel
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez are a husband-wife team with an unnatural amount of writerly talent. Turn holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of London, has authored many scientific publications on the sense of smell, and was the subject of Chandler Burr's New York Times bestseller The Emperor of Scent. Tania Sanchez is a writer and perfume critic.