Cult Perfumes: The World’s Most Expensive Perfumeries, by Tessa Williams. Cult, or ‘niche’, perfumes have become a massive fragrance trend – but surprisingly, until now there’s been no book dedicated to them. Scottish journalist Tessa has sniffed out 25 of the world’s ‘cult’ fragrance houses, talking to their ‘noses’ (or creative directors), and visiting their stores, from Santa Maria Novella through to London’s Floris. (Although having said that, being a British author, Scottish journalist Tessa does put a strong emphasis on UK brands like Grossmith and Ormonde Jayne). Once you’ve read this coffee table book, we kind of defy you not to start planning a tour of the perfumeries she mentions. It’s a great starting point.