‘A gripping but utterly heartrending read’ – The Sunday Times
‘A must-read for beauty fans and budding entrepreneurs alike’ – Glamour
‘Honest and inspiring’ – Good Housekeeping
‘Inspirational’ - Prima
‘A fantastic read… Honest and inspirational… Jo’s couragous story is not just for those who are fans of famous scents and fancy bags, but also for budding entrepreneurs’ – The Sun
‘Inspiring and insightful’ – Woman & Home
‘You won’t fail to be inspired by this scented story’ – YOU
Jo Malone is the inspirational British businesswoman responsible for creating her globally renowned beauty business and, more recently, her new brand 'Jo Loves'. This, her first autobiography, tells in full her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager, struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to becoming an international brand name and one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs.
Jo's lively story explores how her fascination with smell teamed with her natural ability to create world-famous blends such as 'Lime, Basil & Mandarin', revolutionised the way we think about fragrance.
Her unique talent for pioneering innovation and originality within her field is unrivalled. Yet, despite her success, she has faced huge challenges with courage and determination, including being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 and told she only had nine months to live, and her decision to go it alone after selling the original Jo Malone brand to the Estee Lauder Corporation and walking away in 2006.
Jo's commitment and down-to-earth approach to life, work and family makes her one of the most likeable and well respected personalities in British retail and her honesty, hard work and entrepreneurial grit are an inspiration to all.
Malone, creator of the Jo Malone London and Jo Loves fragrances, takes readers on the journey from her modest childhood in England in the 1960s to her global success. At a young age, Malone struggled academically and doubted herself because of dyslexia, but soon she found her passion: working alongside her mother to concoct lotions and facial creams. After coping with her father's charming but feckless career choices, and emotionally losing her mother to a stroke and nervous breakdown, Malone never gave up as she dove head first into starting her own business, a skin care clinic, with the help and support of her husband, Gary. Soon they moved the clinic from their front room to a storefront in London, where she eventually created her signature fragrances. She describes with intimate detail how she succeeded in creating a global brand as an ambitious and tireless entrepreneur. With a humble tone, she offers wisdom and important lessons on starting a business and achieving international success. She candidly explores all facets of her life, including postpartum depression, surviving breast cancer, and enduring a dual mastectomy and months of chemotherapy. Her story is full of tender moments and hope. This book will excite aspiring entrepreneurs seeking inspiration.
A truly inspirational and enjoyable read - amazing story and wonderful women and entrepreneur
Jo Malone Biography
Loved every page of this book from reading about Jo's childhood and teenage years and her family and its financial struggles told so honestly plus the complex characters of her Mum and Dad. Then to her own struggles and determined efforts to succeed in business and her courageous fight against cancer. I was transported to Jo Malones world and finished the book feeling as if I had made a lifelong friend. Thank You Jo xx
Captivating and compelling
Follow your nose and dive into this brilliant book _ such an honest story so many twists and turns in Jo's life and her honesty and humour, passion and perfume just shines through. Loved it and didn't want to finish it!