As the press releases are now going out, it’s about time I made the official announcement. My book, The Perfume Lover, will be published by HarperCollins UK on March 15th, 2012. You can already pre-order it on Amazon (click for the link), so even if you don’t live in the UK, it’ll be easily available.
Meanwhile, because March is still a long time off, here’s an excerpt from the first pages. This is the story that starts it all...
I am in Seville, standing under a bitter orange tree in full bloom in the arms of Román, the black-clad Spanish boy who is not yet my lover. Since sundown, we’ve been watching the religious brotherhoods in their pointed caps and habits thread their way across the old Moorish town in the wake of gilded wood floats bearing statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary. This is the Madrugada, the longest night of Holy Week, and the whole city has poured into the streets: the processions will go on until the dawn sky is streaked with hunting swallows. In the tiny white-washed plaza in front of the church, wafts of lavender cologne rise from the tightly pressed bodies. As altar boys swing their censers, throat-stinging clouds of sizzling resins – humanity’s millennia-old message to the gods – cut through the fatty honeyed smell of the penitents’ beeswax candles.
Under the silver-embroidered velvet of her dais, the Madonna, crystal tears on her cheek, tilts her head towards the spicy white lilies and carnations tumbling from her float. She is being carried into the golden whorls of a baroque chapel, smoothly manoeuvred in and out, in and out, in and out – they say the bearers get erections as they do this – while Román’s hand runs down my black lace shift and up my thigh to tangle with my garter-belt straps. His breath on my neck smells of blond tobacco and the manzanilla wine we’ve been drinking all night – here in Seville, Holy Week is a pagan celebration: resurrection is a foregone conclusion and there is no need to mourn or repent. As the crowd shifts to catch a last sight of the float before the chapel doors shut behind it, the church exhales a cold old-stone gust. I am in the pulsing, molten-gold heart of Seville, thrust into her fragrant flesh, and there is no need for Román to take me to bed at dawn: he’s already given me the night.
PROFICIAT!! (Flemish Version)RépondreSupprimer
Eagerly awaiting the rest!!
Wow, you had LOTS more fun in Sevilla than I did! I was stuck in a miserable heat wave and had to visit the tomb of the ghastly slaver, Christopher Columbus.... I didn't realize the book was an autobiography, it must have been quite an experience to write it. Looking forward to March!RépondreSupprimer
Marla, it's only partly autobiographical, though the excerpt I put up is pivotal to the story. And I had so much fun in Seville there's another book in it, which might be the next one.RépondreSupprimer
We're already waiting for the French version of your book !
Thanks Nicolas! I know there was interest at the Frankfurt book fair, so I hope a deal will be forthcoming. Of course I'll do the translation.RépondreSupprimer
Congratulations, Denyse!!! Looking forward to reading it.RépondreSupprimer
Karin, March seems like forever to me... I'll be posting more news as things go.RépondreSupprimer
Bravo Denyse ! Je suis content :D !RépondreSupprimer
Maintenant, on s'attaque à la version française ;)
Jicky, merci! Je crois que des pourparlers sont en cours avec des éditeurs français, comme je l'ai dit plus haut à Nicolas. Mais ça, c'est mon agence qui s'en occupe, thank God!RépondreSupprimer
Wow. What a great start to your book. Can't wait to read on.RépondreSupprimer
Spring seems a long way off but it's good for us to have to wait, isn't it? Patience is a virtue still:-)
cheerio, Anna in Edinburgh
Anna, I'm not programmed for long waits, but writing a book certainly teaches patience!RépondreSupprimer
I'm just about to dash out, so I'll have to read the extract when I return, but I had to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!RépondreSupprimer
And also... what a great cover! You must be so pleased with it.
Congratulations! I love it! I will certainly be buying a copy! Thanks for the preview - it was a lovely transportation on this cold and stressful day!RépondreSupprimer
Félicitations Denyse. Ce doit être émouvant de voir son oeuvre achevée et prête pour le public. Et même si "don't judge a book by its cover, c'est une sacrément belle couverture de livre. Quant aux texte, vous nous donnez envie de le lire en anglais.RépondreSupprimer
Persolaise, thanks! There's one idea of mine that's in the cover design... (I mean, apart from the title and tagline) if you can guess it!RépondreSupprimer
Jared, this bit not entirely representative of the contents, but as I said above, it's at the core of the interweaving threads.RépondreSupprimer
Narriman, pour l'instant, tout cela reste très abstrait puisque le livre n'est pas encore imprimé... Il n'en existe que des épreuves non corrigées en "dur". Je ne me rends pas bien compte!RépondreSupprimer
Congratulations, Denyse! What a thrill it must be to put the cover and the excerpt up here after all your hard work. And of course, after reading the press release over on NST I'm eagerly awaiting your review of that Seville inspired perfume...RépondreSupprimer
Alyssa, thanks. It's still feeling pretty unreal! I think it'll dawn on me when I actually see piles of books in a brick and mortar bookshoop. As for the perfume, it's way too early to discuss it. All I can say is that it's all I can do to keep from wearing it all the time.RépondreSupprimer
Congrats! I'll be sure to get a copy.RépondreSupprimer
Wow, I had no idea it was going to be so steamy. :-) Félicitations ma chère!! L'attente sera longue jusqu'en mars!RépondreSupprimer
Dusan, I would certainly expect no less of you! ;-)RépondreSupprimer
Tara, that's as steamy as it gets! The rest is about perfume, I swear.RépondreSupprimer
Okay, I've now read the extract... and I'd like to read the rest, please.RépondreSupprimer
As for the cover... is it the bees?
Persolaise, I hadn't even noticed the little critters! But nope, try again!RépondreSupprimer
Denyse, I'm so very happy for you and can not wait to get buried into this book when it's launched. Congratulations :)RépondreSupprimer
Bénédicte, merci! Ça prend forme!RépondreSupprimer
Liam, thanks. I think you'll be more likely to rush to your vials and start tinkering on formulas!RépondreSupprimer
I've been terribly neglectful lately, but the thoughts are always in my head. Should be stricter and apply myself more! I'm sure your book would be inspiring material to use in my tinkering :)RépondreSupprimer
Liam, I think you'll find a few things to work on, though not actual formulas.RépondreSupprimer
La Suite, La Suite .....RépondreSupprimer
PS : la Couverture est superbe.
Congratulations - I will be sure to buy! Fabulous evocation of Sevilla, I remember the orange trees to this day and Semana Santa was unforgettable, even to a heathen like me. Happy memories of a lot of fun!RépondreSupprimer
this is wonderful news! felicidades!RépondreSupprimer
This is so beautiful! March is indeed too far away. So happy they've done such a lovely cover, too. I'm guessing you suggested the particular flowers, but I can't tell what they are. Looking forward, nozknozRépondreSupprimer
OMG! You did it! Isn't that just wonderful. I'm so proud to know you. I don't know how many novels I've started... and then didn't finish them. I have such respect for people who say they'll write a book... and then actually do it!!! What a concept.RépondreSupprimer
Can't wait to read it.
I'll buy my own copy... but I'm going to hound my librarian friends until they all buy a copy (or two) for their libraries.
The best of luck with it!
YAY YAY YAY yes yes yes I cannot wait to have this...I know it will reflect my strange passion and guilty pleasure in just adoring perfume, from the time I have now been reading you Denise!! Congratulations, a huge accomplishment, something to adore in our esoteric art!RépondreSupprimer
Okay, I'll take a cue from Nozknoz and say it's the orange blossoms.RépondreSupprimer
Elise, merci. Je suis ravie de l'écho que rencontre la couverture. Ma grande peur était qu'on me colle un truc girly avec des écritures cursives, mais personne chez HarperCollins n'avait ça en tête, heureusement.RépondreSupprimer
Sunsetsong, the Semana Santa celebrations in Seville *are* partly heathen, that's what makes them such incredible fun -- they're also intensely moving.RépondreSupprimer
Musette, muchisimas gracias!RépondreSupprimer
Nozknoz, in fact, yes, I did suggest the orange blossoms -- the very first design proposal had leaves and flowers that are not used in perfumery though they were pretty. I thought, might as well put in things I talk about in the book.RépondreSupprimer
Thanks Normand. I've got a couple of unfinished books and a dozen projects in my drawers as well. This was a perfect storm of being sought out by an agent and getting a book contract: there's no better incentive to stick to it!RépondreSupprimer
Anonymous, this esoteric art is actually a fabulous writing generator (as is proven by the millions of words in blogs and forums). What I love about writing about perfume, is that it allows you to cover so many aspects of the human experience -- history, art, science, love, religion, etc.RépondreSupprimer
Persolaise, yes in fact I did suggest the orange blossoms, but my main contribution is something else!RépondreSupprimer
Bravo pour ce travail qu'il me tarde de découvrir!RépondreSupprimer
Merci Sandrine! Il me tarde également de le faire découvrir... Cinq mois d'attente, c'est une éternité!RépondreSupprimer
I was impatient before to read it, but now I am even more so (love the excerpt).
Well, March isn't that far away... :)
Congratulations, Denyse! I'm so happy to see this project come to fruition!RépondreSupprimer
Ines, thank you, you're way more patient than I am! Anyway, the book will come out around the time of my birthday, so at least it'll give me extra reasons to celebrate.RépondreSupprimer
Jarvis, thanks. Perhaps I'll need a minion again in London! ;-)RépondreSupprimer
Oh, D! I absolutely clapped with delight!!! I am besides myself, I'm so happy for you!! Roll, on, March!!RépondreSupprimer
Amy, I knew you'd chime in, and I certainly hope we can celebrate this some day in Paris!RépondreSupprimer
Well, actually, I'm working very hard on my patience abilities. :)RépondreSupprimer
I'm not known for having much of it. :D
P.S. But time, unfortunately, flies by rather fast.
Ines, tell me about it! I'm an Aries, so patience is just not wired into my hardware. But as you say, time goes by quickly, and I've got a few other projects that should keep me busy enough.RépondreSupprimer
Brava! So happy for you! I can't wait to read it! Many many congratulations.RépondreSupprimer
Oh, congratulations! Lovely, lovely, and the cover is absolutely beautiful. I'm so happy for you, and so looking forward to reading.RépondreSupprimer
GalileosDaughter, AnotherPerfumeBlog, thank you both!RépondreSupprimer
Okay, I give up.RépondreSupprimer
Is it the female figure? If so, I admit I don't see her significance.
Or do the swirls and patterns echo the decoration on the exterior of Seville's bull ring? (I'm grasping at straws here.)
Persolaise, it is indeed the female figure, a famous sculpture in the Louvre representing a woman who has a strong symbolic role in relation to perfume... Sorry, I can't help being a tease about it! ;-)RépondreSupprimer
I've had a mega high carb breakfast (pannetone and hot chocolate) so I'm up for a bit of teasing.RépondreSupprimer
It's Mary Magdalene, right? Patron saint of perfumers :-)
There you go! Spot on. The Magdalene, in a 16th century polychrome sculpture attributed to Gregor Erhardt, part of the Louvre collection since 1902.RépondreSupprimer
Yayy! I'm giving myself a pat on the back.RépondreSupprimer
Is this a good time to mention that I'm not really very competitive?
Yay indeed! But don't pat yourself so much you cough up the panettone!RépondreSupprimer
Previous cover designs featured a little naked lady, so I figured we might as well go for one that is actually mentioned in the book.
I put my order on amazon one minute ago...RépondreSupprimer
I really appreciate your work on grain de musc and I'm sure the book will be great
Grazie mille for your vote of confidence, Giovanni!RépondreSupprimer
This is thrilling! I can't wait to lap up the rest.RépondreSupprimer
Katie, you'll have a chance to do that as soon as advance copies are sent to the online press, you're totally on the list!RépondreSupprimer
Congratulations. Denyse. I can't wait to read the book!RépondreSupprimer
Thanks Cheryl. Only three months to go now...RépondreSupprimer
I throroughly enjoyed the book and I will definitely buy the perfume. Bravo!RépondreSupprimer
Thank you Trish, that makes me very happy!RépondreSupprimer
An even more important factor, however, is how dry your skin is. Moist or oily skin retains perfume fragrances far more easily than dry, flaky skin does. And also sometimes the person wearing the scent may think it has faded, but they can become a custom to it, while others can still smell the scent.RépondreSupprimer
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