My favourite book is Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It is a phenomenal piece of work that spans the period of time from the reign of the artful emperor Augustus across 15 centuries until the final fall of the last remaining fragment of the state he founded. It was a book …
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Perfumes are difficult to describe. So is Artisan Perfumery. Alec Lawless has a slightly unconventional background for the perfume industry – I don’t know anyone else in that line of business who has worked on an oil rig for instance – and he has written a very unconventional book.
(See http://colinsbeautypages.co.uk/book-review-silent-spring-part-1/ for the first part of this review) Silent Spring is sometimes described as the book that started the environmental movement. This is an extravagant claim but it really is remarkable the extent to which so many things that trouble us today are already there in its pages.