How Books Smell : My New Christmas Themed Article in Oh Comely Magazine

This month I have an article titled How Books Smell in the mid-winter issue of Oh Comely. Oh Comely is a magazine covering food, recipes, film, fashion, music, art and culture. It’s based in the UK and you can subscribe or buy any of its six yearly issues online at the Oh Comely store, or in shops all over the UK and internationally (here is the stocklists). It’s an independent magazine with a creative and refreshing approach to art, culture and lifestyle topics, and I think that many of those who read Bois de Jasmin will enjoy it too. Its latest issues included stories on poignant prose, Victorian women, dressing like your favorite literary heroine, and the art of keeping secrets.

My article is on the topic that’s close to my heart–books and scents. I explore the sensory pleasures of reading and explain how I enhance it by visualizing scents in my favorite books. The two authors who guide me are Marcel Proust and Nikolai Gogol. The article also features incense inflected hawthorns, moon-stealing devils, Christmas revelry, and saffron brandy. I hope that you will like it.

The cover of Oh Comely 2017 winter issue.



  • Terry: I just placed an order for a copy. This issue looks great, especially your article. December 11, 2017 at 9:24am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Terry. I hope that you enjoy it. December 11, 2017 at 2:07pm Reply

  • Maria: That’s the kind of magazine I was searching for! December 11, 2017 at 9:49am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s really an excellent publication with a refreshing approach. December 11, 2017 at 2:08pm Reply

  • Mara: Thanks for sharing this with us Victoria! I just can’t wait to read your article. And, of course, I preordered the issue and subscribed for the next six months!
    All the best in your creative plans and all your new undertakings and endeavors! December 11, 2017 at 10:57am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Mara! Please let me know how you’ve enjoyed the article and the magazine. December 11, 2017 at 2:09pm Reply

  • Jillie: How interesting! And how lucky I am to be in the UK so that I can order it!

    Saffron brandy – that sounds most intriguing ….. December 11, 2017 at 12:31pm Reply

    • Victoria: Anyone can order, whether in the UK or abroad. But it will probably arrive to your door faster. 🙂

      Saffron brandy and the moon-stealing part were related. December 11, 2017 at 2:10pm Reply

  • Beth: I pre-ordered my copy too. I love your articles on books and scents. December 11, 2017 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Marco: I’m reading Jitterbug Perfume and noting all of the scent mentions. Have you read it? December 12, 2017 at 12:46am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s a fun book. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, though. December 12, 2017 at 3:01am Reply

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