• Hygge

  • A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way.
  • By: Charlotte Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Abrahams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-10-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (10 ratings)


Candlelight is hygge; the smell of freshly brewed coffee is hygge; the feel of crisp, clean bed linen is hygge; dinner with friends is hygge.
Hygge, pronounced 'hoo-ga', is a Danish philosophy that roughly translates to 'cosiness'. But it is so much more than that. It's a way of life that encourages us to be kinder to ourselves, to take pleasure in the modest, the mundane and the familiar. It is a celebration of the everyday, of sensual experiences rather than things. It's an entire attitude towards life that results in Denmark regularly being voted one of the happiest countries in the world.
So, with two divorces behind her and her 50th birthday rapidly approaching, journalist Charlotte Abrahams ponders whether it's hygge that's been missing from her life. Is it a philosophy we can all embrace? In a society where lifestyle trends tend to centre on deprivation - be it no sugar, no gluten or no possessions - what does cherishing yourself actually mean? And will it make her happy?
In Hygge, Charlotte Abrahams weaves the history of hygge and its role in Danish culture with her own attempts, as an English woman, to embrace a more hygge life. In this beautifully told audiobook, she examines the impact this has on her home, her health, her relationships and, of course, her happiness. Light a candle, pour yourself a glass of wine and get ready to enjoy your more hygge life.
Written and read by Charlotte Abrahams.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Charlotte Abrahams (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By deborah anne creighton on 24-10-16

A great outsiders perspective on Hygge

A really enjoyable listen, especially if you are slightly skeptical of new lifestyle fads. Charlotte Abrahams narration is a bit flat and initially off-putting. However as the book progressed the subject matter and the author came into their own. The soothing subject and narration became little bit of Hygge in my day.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 23-05-17

Self indulgent drivel

The subject of this book is not Hygge; it is about the author and the publishing opportunity that attaching a Scandi word to her mid-life crisis provides.
It starts with all the warmth and engagement of a Wikipedia page.
A Wikipedia page aimed at John Lewis customers.
It then morphs into reading like a TripAdvisor review.
The author is a design journalist. She talks about how good design should be built around the user. Shame she doesn't put that into practice in her writing style, which is tired, cliched and self indulgent.

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