Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris

Publication Date: 15 May 2012

“In this wonderful—and surprisingly gripping—book, Christopher Kemp examines the curious history of one of the world's rarest and most magical substances. This is natural history done well.”

-- Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

Cloudy Ocean

Perfume on the Radio: I'll Find You My Precious (Ep. 16)

4 November 2021

Perfume on the Radio podcast, episode 16 with Christopher Kemp, Mason Hainey, Carlos Morera, Nina Mross, Matthew Teutimez, Hosted by Saskia Wilson-Brown

Ken, Madge, and the Strange Rock

9 August 2015

Listen to this story, produced by Peregrine Andrews (A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4), about Ken Wilman and his dog Madge and what happened when they found something they believed to be ambergris in January 2013.

The Hunt for Hyper-Condensed Sperm Whale Poop:
Christopher Kemp’s
Floating Gold
by Ben Shattuck

24 May 2012

Leave it to a molecular biologist to so lyrically detail the scent of hyper-condensed sperm whale poop.