Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon BewesSwiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon Bewes

Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money

byDiccon Bewes

Paperback | January 5, 2012

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A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

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 400 km from the nearest drop of seawater, but it is an island at the centre of Europe. Welcome to the landlocked island.

Swiss Watchingis a fascinating journey around Europe's most individual and misunderstood country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Diccon Bewes 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.

In a land of cultural contradictions, this is a picture of the real and normally unseen Switzerland, a place where the breathtaking scenery shaped a nation not just a tour itinerary, and where tradition is as important as innovation. 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 clichés, well, not all the cheese has holes, cuckoo clocks aren't Swiss and the trains don't always run exactly on time.
Diccon Bewes is a travel writer. A world trip set him up for a career in travel writing, via the scenic route of bookselling. After ten years at Lonely Planet and Holiday Which? Magazine, he decamped to Switzerland, where he managed the Stauffacher English Bookshop in Bern. In addition to grappling with German, re-learning to cross the...
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Title:Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and MoneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 8.5 × 5.38 × 1 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:QuercusLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1857885872

ISBN - 13:9781857885873

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from no miss with this Swiss Not sure what a Diccon Bewes is but he should write more. This is one of the best travel essay books in this new century. If this doesn't get you interested in visiting Switzerland, nothing will.
Date published: 2016-12-13

Editorial Reviews

Bewes has an engagingly light and comic touch. The narrative moves with ease between subjects as diverse as graffiti and recycling, and it's easy to dip in and out of.-The Sunday Telegraph