Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (September 29th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town.  Great to see you this week – so pop the kettle on and share with us your lovely bookish news!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.




This is our last week of showcasing The Art of Coorie: How to Live Happy the Scottish Way by Gabriella Bennett so do make the most of this week’s post if Coorie is your thing!

Praise for The Art of Coorie

“There is nothing better than coorie-ing down to a good book, cosy in cashmere with a stiff, salty gin in hand (Harris, of course!). Gabriella Bennett plugs you straight into the most stylish of Scottish lifestyle trends. Everyone in Alba knows how to do a cracking coorie, and for the rest of the world this guide will have you native in no time.”

Lynne Coleman, author of The Fashion Annual

“Gabriella Bennett’s book on the cult of ‘coorie’ – a hug of a word – is a celebration of all that’s best and beautiful about Scotland, from food to textiles, pubs to gardens. It made this Scottish émigré miss my homeland, its wildness and drama and warmth, with a physical pang. But I will never embrace the midge.”

Marina O’Loughlin, journalist, author and restaurant critic

The blurb

Coorie – or còsagach in Gaelic – is the scottish version of hygge.

In The Art Of Coorie, Times journalist Gabriella Bennett explores what coorie is and how it has helped nurture the astonishing creativity that Scotland is famed for.

Now used to describe how we want to feel and be, coorie covers all aspects of the way Scots live. In The Art of Coorie, Gabriella offers spirited, contemporary insight into Scottish lifestyle, homes and interiors, traditions and food, and how to enjoy life despite challenging elements and an often unforgiving climate.

The Art Of Coorie examines the art of slowing down, appreciating our present and how to use the best of what’s around us to enhance life and its pleasures.


With sections on:

– the thrills and chills of open-water swimming in loch, river and sea.
– fantastic hideouts, bothys, retreats and remote campsites, the cooriest pubs, the best places to eat, how to Munro ‘bag’ in style, and where to go stargazing.
– the exquisite heritage of Scottish craftsmanship from Fair Isle knitting to bothy building.
– festive crafts, decorations and gift wrapping.
– thrifty ways to incorporate ‘coorie’ into your life: fern and flower pressing, making your own face masks, creating a garden grotto, extracting pine needle essence and much more.

Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781785301810
ISBN-10: 1785301810

About the author

Gabriella Bennett is a journalist and editor based in Glasgow. She writes for The Times about Scottish interiors, property and shopping habits. Her short stories have been featured in Gutter, The Cadaverine and The Island Review. She likes wild places, growing things, and eating.

Gabriella is available for interviews and feature writing.

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  We’re looking forward to another busy linkup this week and hearing all about your bookish news.

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Giveaway! everyone who links up on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

I’m persevering with my beginner’s crochet class this morning so I’ll catch up with your bookish posts later! 🙂

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About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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  1. 29th September 2018 / 9:12 am

    Looks great! I’ve read a few books on hygge and this sounds like a worthy read too, and an appreciation of things Scottish!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      29th September 2018 / 7:51 pm

      I don’t know much about either to be honest but I believe their popularity is rising! 🙂

  2. 30th September 2018 / 10:38 am

    Umm. As a Scottish person I can honestly say I’ve never heard of the art of the coorie. I do know the word, and very occasionally use it, but I’m a little sceptical that anyone here deliberately sets out to practice it. Although if it boosts Scottish tourism and all thing Scottish go for it I suppose. It is a pretty awesome place.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      1st October 2018 / 8:27 pm

      I guess all new things take their time to develop but that’s interesting to hear! 🙂

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