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If you are heading to Switzerland – for a holiday or perhaps for longer – or just have an interest in learning more about the country you will find a list of the best books about Switzerland in this article.
This post includes both fiction and non-fiction titles. As long as the book is about Switzerland or the Swiss people it counts!
When I was researching for this post I was rather amused by the number of non-fiction titles available. There are a lot of books written about the Swiss and their way of life. Switzerland has a somewhat mythical status for some people as the land of milk and honey (or money as one author titles his book!)
I found it a not unpleasant place to live but I did find the Swiss slightly more uptight compared to their French neighbours. If you are planning to travel to Switzerland some of these books will give you a flavour for the country that isn’t necessarily what you may imagine – it’s not all cuckoo clocks and chocolate!
Set on the shores of Lake Geneva this booker price winner tells the story of Edith Hope a romance writer who escapes to Switzerland for break but finds herself embroiled in the lives of those at the Hotel Du Lac.
Oh how I wish I had written this book! Following in the footsteps of an English lady who, in 1863, took Thomas Cook’s first Conducted Tour of Switzerland the author retraces her route to see how much has changed (or not) in Switzerland in the last 150 years.
Exploring the truth behind 10 modern cliches about Switzerland! Read the book and make up your own mind!
– The Swiss Are Neutral – The Swiss Are Xenophobic – The Swiss Are Rich – The Swiss Are Swiss – The Swiss Are Crooked Bankers – The Swiss Are Boring – The Swiss Are Sexist – The Swiss Helped the Nazis – The Swiss Have the Perfect Democracy – The Swiss Are Brilliant
As an ex-history teacher I always want to learn a little more about the history of places I visit (more than the page of dates that you tend to find in a guidebook). This great book gives you all the important information about the history of Switzerland. Its actually incredible how much we don’t necessarily know about the history of other countries.
A collection of great articles by the author about her experiences as an American expat in Switzerland. Bizarrely not far from where my mother lived! Seriously if you are planning to live in Switzerland read this!