This coming sunday is Mothering Sunday in the UK, and I thought you might know someone who would enjoy one of these literary gifts, produced by the British Library and available from their online shop.

The Jane Austen scented candle, above, has a fragrance of gardenia, tuberose and jasmine and the box is decorated with a quote from Emma, made by the odious Mrs Elton:

There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.

Other candles are available including this Christmas version, inspired, surprise, surprise,  by Charles Dickens:

The candle smells of tangerine, clove and juniper : very Christmassy

Diffusers are also available. Here is one inspired by Leo Tolstoy which is scented with

oakmoss, persimmon and black plum. I quite like the sound of the Oscar Wilde diffuser and candle

scented with cedarwood, thyme and basil. But I’m not quite sure I would plump for the Edgar Allen Poe diffuser or candle…

 scented with sandalwood, patchouli and  absinthe. Even though it is available as a rather smart travel candle in a tin :)