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The “Swissness” Manual: #1 Bestseller “Swiss Watching” by Diccon Bewes

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One country, four languages, 26 cantons and 7.5 million people (but only 80% of them Swiss): there’s nowhere else in Europe like it. Switzerland may be almost 250 Miles from the nearest drop of seawater, but it is an island at the center of Europe.

Welcome to the landlocked island.

Switzerland is the country that not only gave us triangular chocolate and holey cheese, but also the world’s first Toilet Duck (1980) and the Swiss Army Knife (1897). The country famous for its punctual trains and strict neutrality. The country that has yodelling festivals on national television. But what lies behind these stereotypes?

Swiss Watching is a fascinating and revealing journey around Europe’s most individual and often misunderstood country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Swiss Watching (Nicholas Brealey Publishing) proves that there’s more to Switzerland than banks and skis, francs and cheese.

This book dispels the myths and unravels the true meaning of “Swissness” answers some of the most frequently heard questions – and the companion blog keeps adding new Swiss quirks to explore and giggle about.

This is a picture of the real Switzerland, a place where the breathtaking scenery shaped a nation, not just a tour itinerary, and where tradition is as important as technology. It’s also the story of its people, who have more power than their politicians but can’t speak to one another in the same language – and who own more guns per head than the people of Iraq.

As for those national stereotypes – well, not all the cheese has holes, cuckoo clocks aren’t Swiss and the trains don’t always run exactly on time.

Meeting the Author

About the Author

Diccon Bewes is an experienced travel writer who has lived in Switzerland for four years. He is currently manager of the Stauffacher English Bookshop in Bern. As well as grappling with German, re-learning to cross the road properly and overcoming his innate desire to form an orderly queue, he has spent the last four years exploring the bits of the country he’d never head of before and eating lots of chocolate.

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Written by M:)

January 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Posted in Little Switzerland

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