Coorie - or cosagach in Gaelic - sums up the essence of Scottishness to create a distinctively Scottish version of hygge. In The Book of Coorie, Times journalist Gabriella Bennett explores the heritage of coorie, its strong contemporary appeal and how it has nurtured the astonishing creativity that Scotland is famed for, despite an often harsh climate. She brings word and concept together to outline a new manifesto for living.
The Book of Coorie offers spirited, modern insight into Scottish lifestyle, homes and interiors, traditions and food - how to enjoy all life offers in this unique country with its unforgiving elements and rugged landscape... It shows how the legacy of Scotland's bothies informs today's coorie principles to create homes made inviting with sheepskin-covered sofas, log-burning stoves and bowls of hot food. Coorie references Scottish heritage with a contemporary, creative spin.
In a passionate appreciation of how to use the best of all things Scottish to enhance life and its pleasures, The Book of Coorie shares with readers:
About the Author
- the thrills and chills of open-water swimming
- the exquisite heritage of Fair Isle knitting
- tips on hosting the perfect Burns Supper, even for those who are a little haggis-ed out
- inspiration from fashion to faraway campsites, city boutiques to Munro bagging.
GABRIELLA BENNETT is a journalist based in Glasgow. She writes for The Times
about Scottish interiors, property and shopping habits. Researching The Art of Coorie
she travelled the length and breadth of Scotland speaking to people whose love of coorie is shown in their homes, creativity and approach to a life lived well. Best of all, it gave her the chance to explore the Scottish landscape by swimming in its lochs and seas. The Art of Coorie
is Gabriella's first book.
"Like a good malt whisky, The Art of Coorie shines Scotland in a lovely warm glow." - Kirsty Wark, presenter of BBC's Newsnight
"I was completely charmed by The Art of Coorie. It is a fine word indeed and a deeply pleasing notion. Gabriella's musings and discoveries are timely. All of my associations with coorie come from childhood being invited to feel welcome, safe and loved, close by the side of someone making just enough room. It's high time the concept of coorie was more widely known. We've long valued the thought here in Scotland and now it can go out to the wider world and wrap up more folk, make them warm and well. Coorie is good for the heart and the soul." - Neil Oliver, presenter of BBC's Coast and author of A History of Scotland
"The Art of Coorie is a wonderful celebration of contemporary Caledonian cool." - Geoff Allan, author of The Scottish Bothy Bible