Holiday Reading – Book List 1 of 3


Books, a Column, Articles, a Magazine, a Catalogue, some Quantum Reading and some Author Interviews



Message in a Bottle by Luca Turin
Jatamansi Award – Best of 2013
The Welcome Back Award 

Message in a Bottle by Luca Turin



The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro


Jatamansi Award – Best of 2013
The Olfactive Scribe Award

Katheleen Tessaro for The Perfume Collector


A Fragrant Reading List by John Oehler

Scent & Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume by Barbara Herman
imageJatamansi Award – Best of 2013
The Best Perfume Non-Fiction Award
Scent & Subversion – Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume by Barbara Herman

The Perfume Lover by Denyse Beaulieu


Jatamansi Award – Best of 2013
The Muse Award

The Grain de Musc herself, Denyse Beaulieu for musing around with my head. An inspiration to me and to many others.

Aphrodesia by John Oehler


Jatamansi Award – Best of 2013
The Best Perfume Fiction Award

Aphrodesia by John Oehler – Perfume Thriller set in the ISIPCA Perfume School in Versailles.

Perfume by Dariush Alavi


The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York by Chandler Burr

The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr reviewed by Portia Turbo

Perfumes: The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez

The Secret of Scent by Luca Turin



ODOU magazine – review


Jatamansi Award – Best of 2013
The Best New Publication Award

ODOU magazine

The Art of Scent 1889-2012 Exhibition Catalogue by Chandler Burr $US190

Available for the first time via Lucky Scent (previously this was only available from M.A.D.).

This is the catalogue from The Art of Scent Exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. The catalogue includes vials of the scents from the exhibition as well as an explanation as to how these scents are matched to various art movements such as Luminism, Post-Brutalism and Romanticism. The full list of art movements is right at the end of this post if you would like to amuse yourself by matching the artistic schools to the scents. The essays within the catalogue explain in historic detail the reason why Mr Burr has parlayed each ‘fume into a particular movement to support the concept that Perfume is Art.

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A comprehensive historical collection of eleven scents featured in the inaugural exhibition by the Museum of Arts and Design’s Department of Olfactory Art. The exhibition, curated by Chandler Burr, examines the historical evolution of fragrance as art over a century of innovation. Each scent is contained in a printed glass vial of and accompanied by a soft cover book of eleven essays placing each work in historical context. The catalogue is written by exhibition curator Chandler Burr.

Lucky Scent


Riot Green by Woon Tai Ho

Papyrus by John Oehler

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton

Eleanor is youngest Man Booker prize winner so far. This novel by a 27-year-old is the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages).


Bangkok Eight by John Burdett

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


Woon Tai Ho


John Oehler

Kathleen Tessaro

Eugénie Briot (Includes a list of her papers on Perfume, Perfume History and the Perfume Industry)


Smell in Writing – article by John Oehler


Book Choices 2013 – All I Am – A Redhead

Bloody Frida’s list via The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

Quantum Related Articles, Links and Books
The Quantum Unicorn Accord
The Quantum Coffee Accord
Vibrations, Quanta and Biology – by Susana Fernandez Huelga and Martin Plenio – this is a link to a complimentary PDF download which provides a unifying framework for ideas in quantum biology that various people have come up with concerning vibrations, electronic motion, spins and other quantum concepts.

A Primary Quantum Model of Telepathy, Gas Shan, 2004  (9 page PDF or read online here)

Molecular Vibration-Sensing Component in Human Olfaction Public Library of Science

BBC News – ‘Quantum smell’ idea gains ground

Smell Theory round-up by Rose Gray – see ODOU magazine . In the first issue of ODOU magazine Rose Gray articulates the various theories of smell including Vibration Theory, Odotype Theory, Lock and Key Theory and several other historical and current theories.


ODOU magazine – review

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed, Jim Al-Khalili, 2003.

(Jim) Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili

(Jim) Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili

(Jim) Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili – is an Iraqi-born British theoretical physicist – Author Bio

Shadows Of The Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness,
Roger Penrose, 1994

The Emperor’s New Mind, Roger Penrose, 2002

Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez
Paris Review Emily Gould reacts to Perfumes: The A-Z Guide

Links to book lists from the following Perfume Personalities:
Bloody Frida’s Good Reads
The Fragrant Man’s Good Reads
All I Am A Redhead’s Good Reads
The Husband of The Non-Blonde, Ori Fishler’s Good Reads
Author of Scent & Subversion, Barbara Herman’s Good Reads
Author of the Perfume Thriller Aphrodesia, John Oehler’s Good Reads

Bonkers about Books?
The next two lists are from Vanessa of Bonkers about Perfume
Top Ever
E M Forster – A Passage to India
John Fowles – The Magus

Recent Discoveries
Jane Shilling – The Stranger in the Mirror
Donna Tartt – The Secret History
Kevin Myer – Watching The Door
Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking
Roger Musson – The Million Death Quake (not just because he’s my brother, it’s fantastic!)
Anita Shreve – The Last Time They Met
Jane Hamilton – A Map of The World
Barbara Trapido – Juggling


11 responses to “Holiday Reading – Book List 1 of 3

  1. Thanks for sharing Jordan. I’m love Odou Magazine. It reminds me of Pavement but for scent. I was shown a copy a few months back and tried to get a copy but failed. You post reminded me about it and I now see print copies are available from their website….awesome : )

  2. Jordan, you tempter, you! I’ll never get anything done looking at all these links and lists and then going to the library to find the books etc etc!

    Thank you!!

    • Hey, Happy New Everything to you Flaconneur for 2014 and Beyond. The catalogue is a great read especially as you can sniff the subject at the same time as deciding whether you agree or not with Chandler’s categories. I am still uncertain about Post-Brutalism.

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