The arrival of any perfume book is an exciting prospect, as there are so few around. But this year, the pre-Christmas season brings us a particularly enticing treat in the shape of a tome by none other than Lizzie Ostrom, aka Odette Toilette, one of the most intelligent, vivacious and respected figures on the UK's scent scene. Perfume: A Century Of Scents (published by Hutchinson) is a decade-by-decade examination of our complicated relationship with fragrance, using many key creations (including Mitsouko, Diorissimo and Kouros) as spring boards from which to launch into absorbing musings about the forces that have shaped western culture over the last 100 years. I hope to review it in greater depth soon - time and day job permitting - but for now, suffice it to say that it is a must-read, not least because it provides a delicious opportunity to enjoy Ostrom's witty, cliche-free prose style.
I am delighted to announce that I've got 3 signed copies of the book to give away. But instead of dishing out all of them in one go, I'm going to drag the process out a little bit... just to keep your appetites sharp. Today, I'm starting a draw here on Persolaise for one of the copies. To enter, please read the Terms & Conditions below and leave a comment on this post on the subject of perfume in books, films or music. Anything that comes to mind. Don't feel you have to write at great length. A few words will do.
When I announce the winner of this draw, I'll reveal info about how you can win the other 2 copies.
Good luck to one and all!
Terms & Conditions
i) the draw will be closed at 10 pm (UK time) on Thursday 29th October; ii) the winner will be selected at random; iii) the winner will be announced on Persolaise.com on Friday 30th October; iv) if the winner has not made contact with Persolaise.com by Monday 2nd November, an alternative winner may be selected; v) the winner's address will be shared only with Lizzie Ostrom and Hutchinson, who will post the prize to the winner; vi) readers from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter; vii) by entering this draw, you indicate that you are able to receive books posted from the United Kingdom; viii) Persolaise.com takes no responsibility for the prize and its contents; ix) relatives of anyone associated with Persolaise.com are not permitted to enter.